Police have released an e-fit image of three suspects, one of whom was allegedly armed with a craft knife, who are accused of trying to steal a dog from its owner.
A 30-year-old man was walking his eight-year-old Labrador on February 25 in Cardiff when he said he was approached by the three men.
The men allegedly tried to take the dog and as the owner fought off the suspects a dog poo bag he was carrying split, and the contents burst over one of the men which led them to flee empty handed.
The dog owner, who was walking on the wooded trail that runs between Eastern Avenue and the Rumney River near Pentwyn at the time, suffered facial injuries and concussion in the attack and is recovering well at home with his two dogs who are both safe and well.
It is believed the suspects walked through Pentwyn and Llanrumney before and after the attempted robbery.
Detective Constable Kirsty Matthews said: “The victim was extremely brave and it is fortunate that he was not more seriously hurt as he did everything he could to stop the men from taking his dog.
“We appreciate this incident has caused a lot of concern locally, on social media and will no doubt worry all dog owners.
“This is an isolated incident and extensive enquiries are being carried out to identify and arrest those responsible.”
The three images have been released by South Wales Police to encourage anyone who recognises the suspects to come forward.
South Wales Police also added that a number of posts regarding dog thefts, including vehicles being used suspiciously, are being circulated on social media.
They want to reassure dog owners that the number of dog thefts being reported to the force remains very low.
If you recognise the suspects from the e-fits or have any information on this incident, please contact South Wales Police quoting occurrence *066613.