A MAN has been taken to hospital with a punctured lung after he was assaulted alongside his dog at the weekend.

Cleveland Police are appealing for information after a 36-year-old man and his dog were assaulted on Upper Green Lane in Thornaby, near Stockton

The incident occurred yesterday on Sunday evening at 9:30pm when two men walked over and assaulted the dog and the victim with an unknown object.

As a result of the attack, the victim suffered a punctured lung and currently remains in hospital. The dog was uninjured.

The victim’s phone was also stolen during the attack.

Anyone with information regarding the incident, or knows the identity of the two men responsible for the attack is asked to contact DC Andy Menzies from Cleveland Police on 101 quoting event number 057959.

Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.