CY O’Connor Beach attacker sought


Gary Taylor with the stick used to attack him and (inset) the injury it caused.
Picture: Matt Jelonek   d452198
CY O’Connor Beach attacker sought
Gary Taylor with the stick used to attack him and (inset) the injury it caused. Picture: Matt Jelonek d452198

Gary Taylor and his wife were walking their german shepherd north by the shipwreck about 10am on March 13 when they were passed by a man walking a staffy in the opposite direction.

Mr Taylor said the staffy tried to take a stick his dog was carrying before both dogs began barking and things turned sour.

“Literally within seconds this other dog owner started kicking my dog in the ribs really viciously,” he said.

“They were three full swings, like he was kicking a football.”

The 58-year-old, wanting to protect his dog, said he placed a hand on the other man’s shoulder and asked him to “stop kicking my dog”.

“His reply to that was, ‘Why? Do you want some?’,” he said.

Mr Taylor said he took his hand away from the man’s shoulder and was leaning down to grab his dog by the collar to pull him away.

“That’s when I saw him bend down and pick up the stick,” Mr Taylor said.

“With all the force he could, he hit me on the left side of my face.”

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