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14 October 2015, 18:09
A woman and her dog have been injured in a "frightening'' attack by another dog whilst walking on a cycle path.
The woman was walking her dog, a Chinese Crested Powderpuff, when she encountered a man walking two dogs, reportedly without leads attached.
One of the dogs, described as a white and black Staffordshire Bull cross allegedly attacked the Powderpuff, resulting in serious injuries.
The women, 26, tried to intervene but was also injured and was treated at Crosshouse Hospital for minor injuries. The Powderpuff required emergency surgery and is now recovering, police said.
The incident happened at around 11.30am on Monday on the cycle path off Western Road, leading from Kilmarnock to Knockentiber, which is a commonly used route by dog walkers.
The owner of the Staffordshire Bull cross is described as a white man, aged 55-65, around 5ft 9ins tall, with a medium build and was also described as bald. The second dog he was walking was a Golden Retriever.
Pc Richard Pride, of Kilmarnock Police office, said: "This was a frightening incident for the owner and the dog, which has left the animal with serious injuries. We are appealing to anyone who uses the cycle path close to Western Road in Kilmarnock. It's possible the man we are attempting to trace routinely uses that area to walk his dogs.''
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kilmarnock Police office on 101.