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Loyal Dog Stands Guard Over Attack Victim
Police have released a photo of a dog found standing guard over his owner who had been violently attacked in the hope it may jog the memories of potential witnesses.
The 49-year-old man was out walking his dog in Bolton, Greater Manchester, when he was knocked unconscious in the early hours of Friday morning.
Passers-by found him lying across a pavement in Chorley Old Road, near the junction with Chorley New Road.
Officers found the faithful pet next to the victim after they were called to the scene.
The man, who suffered a life-threatening head injury, was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
The dog is now being cared for by his owner's family.
Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick said: "This man is extremely poorly and, from the extent of his injuries, we believe he was violently assaulted.
"He was out walking his dog when he was attacked and we are urging people to come forward if they were in the area at that time and witnessed the attack or remember seeing the dog in the photo."
:: Anyone who has information is being urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.