Three low life punks allegedly assaulted a blind man and his seeing eye dog in the Asylum Hill section of Hartford, Connecticut; stealing the man's wallet with his identification and $300 in rent money and food stamps reports wtnh.com.
The attack happened on August 3 to Francis Shannon, 49, who suffers from neuropathy and depends on his seeing eye dog, Lady, for everything - calling the pit bull mix his best friend and helper. Shannon was afraid to go to police initially because the three men threatened to kill him if he notified authorities.
Shannon told authorities as he stepped out of his apartment located on Sigourney Street in Hartford, three young men held him up with a knife aimed at his throat and robbed him. As Lady began to growl, at least one of the men kicked the dog so hard she was knocked unconscious; Shannon thought his dog had been killed. Shannon only suffered minor injuries, but stayed in his apartment for days; afraid to even leave for fear of the men attacking him again.
Fortunately, Lady is doing fine, and Shannon says he recognizes the voices of the young men as the punks who hang out at a local neighborhood deli. He is frightened the men will return to retaliate for notifying the police, but is sure that Lady will warn him by growling and barking if they return. "Lady has a good memory," Shannon told the news media.
According to NBC Connecticut.com, Hartford Police detective Patrick O'Gorman is asking for the public's help providing any information about this attack. He stated:
"We are pretty effective at making arrests, but in this case, we don't have too much to go on, so we're really asking for any help possible.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Hartford police Sgt. O'Brien at 860-757-4089. Meanwhile extra patrols are watching the area. Let's help authorities get these horrible kids off the street.
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