Amputee dad knifed while protecting puppy from thugs trying to steal her

An amputee dad was knifed in the stomach in a brutal attack as he protected his French bulldog puppy from thugs trying to steal her.

Dad of three Andy Garside, 39, was walking nine-month-old Lilo when he was left needing facial surgery on Tuesday evening.

He noticed two young men walking behind him in Hattersley, in Tameside, before spotting them again waiting for him and his dog.

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for witnesses after he was left concussed and covered in blood with a broken nose.

Andy's wife Stacey told the Manchester Evening News: "He didn't think anything of it at first – people were out and about.

"But as he went around he could see they were waiting for him.

"They came up to him and one of the lads was saying 'that's a sick dog that – can we pick it up?'.

"Andy said no, because the dog was getting a bit nervous."

After one of the two men tried to pick up Lilo, Andy managed to pull her away.

But things turned violent when the pair began to punch Andy in the face, before one of the attackers wounded him in the stomach with what he believes was a Stanley knife.

Stacey, 41, said: "Andy was wearing shorts, and I think they targeted him thinking it was going to be an easy steal to take a high-value dog.

"They didn't expect him to fight them off.

"They scuffled for a bit before one said 'just leave it now', and they ran off towards the new-builds on the estate.

"Andy picked the dog up and went back the way he came.

"He knocked on somebody's door for help, and they gave him a towel as he was bleeding quite heavily."

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After returning home and checking on Lilo, Andy called the police and later attended A&E at Tameside Hospital.

The beating left him with a broken nose and wounding to the stomach and arms, while the incident has left poor Lilo fearing people approaching her, even familiar faces.

Stacey said: "Andy has a broken nose that is going to need surgery – his septum has completely come away.

"He has got concussion and his face is a bit of a mess.

"Lilo was traumatised, the poor thing."

Andy, who was amputated after a number of failed surgeries to deal with tendon damage, was in AandE until around midnight and suffered a seizure on Wednesday morning due to functional neurological disorder, which is triggered by stress.

Stacey said Lilo is usually walked by his daughter Imogen, 19, and sons Zach, 15, and Blake, 13, had the day off school having been shaken by what happened to their dad.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Police were called to Cheriton Close in Hyde just before 6pm on Tuesday (June 8) to reports a 39 year old man had been assaulted while walking his dog.

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"The man reported being approached by two men who were wielding a knife.

"They assaulted him and attempted to take the dog.

"The man suffered injuries to his face, arms and body."

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