By Shaun Fowler
A community is in shock after a brutal attack by a gang of thugs left a pensioner hospitalised and his beloved dog dead.
Johnny Chappell, 68, was out walking his Yorkshire Terrier cross-breed George when a gang of three men ambushed him, attacking him with bricks and his own walking stick, before turning on the dog.
Mr Chappell remains in hospital recovering from his extensive injuries, which included a broken cheekbone.
Neighbours of the pensioner and residents of the surrounding area have condemned the attack.
Neil Wolstenholme, 56, of Birley Rise Road said: “You never know what’s going to happen nowadays; to do that to an elderly gentleman, put him in hospital, is shocking. If anyone did that to my dogs I’d be lost.”
Margaret Stewart, 73, of Midhurst Road added : “I can’t imagine why anyone would do that to someone, especially round here. It’s disgusting”
And Anne White, 47, of Browning Road was equally shaken by the attack. She said: “I’ve lived here for 20 years and I’ve never heard anything like it.”
Anyone with information about the incident on Wednesday, February 10 should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.