A HUNT has been launched for two dog walkers after they allegedly attacked a woman and her pet.

It is reported that between 5pm and 5.30pm on Monday, February 26, a woman in her 60s was walking her dog in Stanpit Marsh, near the 2 Riversmeet Leisure Complex.

Her dog was bitten by another dog and when she approached its owners, a man and a woman, for their details, they refused.

She then tried to get their details by looking at their pet’s collar, the man grabbed the victim’s hand and the woman assaulted her.

The pair then walked off in the direction of Bridge Street.

The man is described as being of slim build with a short, grey beard and short, cropped, grey hair.

He was wearing a long, dark coat, peak cap, blue jeans and black shoes.

The woman is described as being of medium build with long grey hair.

She was wearing a long dark coat with a fur collar, a dark cloche hat with red and blue felt leaves on it, brown boots and carrying a bright-pink dog lead.

Their dog is described as a white Tibetan terrier.

Officers investigating the assault in Christchurch are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward.

Police community support investigator, Mike Canning, of Dorset Police, said: “This incident has caused a great deal of distress and disruption for the victim, including significant veterinary costs for the treatment of their dog. Consequently, we are carrying our enquiries to identify the dog and owners involved.

“I would urge anyone with information to please contact us and would also urge the owner to do the right thing and come forward so we can take your account of what happened.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk/contact or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240029593.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.