Blind man hit on head with baseball bat and robbed of £6,500 puppy

Thugs beat blind man with bat and steal his puppy SWNS
The gang of men attacked Mohammed and his friend then stole his puppy (Picture: SWNS)

A blind man has been left ‘devastated’ after he was viciously attacked by a group of men.

The gang made off with Mohammed Atta’s beloved puppy, Precious. The 14-week-old American Bully had been worth £6,500. Mohammed, 24, had been walking in Bradford, West Yorkshire, with the puppy and a friend on Monday night. But a vehicle, thought to be a Black Audi, suddenly pulled up beside them and a group of men jumped out with a baseball bat. Mohammed says the men relentlessly ‘smacked’ him in the leg and left painful bruises.

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He believes he was targeted due to disability.

But the real pain came when the 24-year-old realised his puppy Precious had been stolen in the carnage.

Mohammed had only just got the dog last Friday and said his heart broke to hear her ‘yelps’ as she was taken away.

Precious the stolen dog. See SWNS story SWLDdog. A young blind man has spoken of his devastation after a group of thugs viciously attacked him with a bat - and stole his beloved pet puppy worth ?6,500. Mohammed Atta, 24, was ambushed by the car ?full of lads? while he was walking his dog, Precious, with a friend in Bradford, West Yorks., on Monday (25) night. He believes his attackers knew that he was visually impaired and targetted him due to the nature of his disability. The stricken pet lover said when the vehicle pulled up, the gang of men jumped out and used a baseball bat or cricket bat to ?smack? him in the leg, causing painful bruises.
Precious the American Bully was just 14-weeks-old when she was stolen (Picture: SWNS)
Precious the stolen dog. See SWNS story SWLDdog. A young blind man has spoken of his devastation after a group of thugs viciously attacked him with a bat - and stole his beloved pet puppy worth ?6,500. Mohammed Atta, 24, was ambushed by the car ?full of lads? while he was walking his dog, Precious, with a friend in Bradford, West Yorks., on Monday (25) night. He believes his attackers knew that he was visually impaired and targetted him due to the nature of his disability. The stricken pet lover said when the vehicle pulled up, the gang of men jumped out and used a baseball bat or cricket bat to ?smack? him in the leg, causing painful bruises.
She was stolen after the group of men brandished a knife and baseball bat (Picture: SWNS)

He said: ‘They knew I was blind. They knew that’s my dog.

‘While they robbed me, they stayed quite. They must have realized I might have recognized their voices if they spoke.

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‘My whole life and my world revolve around my dogs . I’m devastated. I can’t sleep, my mind is not at rest.’

Mohammed, who is visually impaired and has a separate guide dog, Kassie, was taking Precious for one of her first walks with him when he was attacked.

He said his friend’s shouts notified him the men were stealing his ‘baby girl’ as the gang brandished a knife.

He said: ‘I was very scared when the attack was happening, but then my friend shouted, “They have got the puppy!” I then heard her yelps.

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Mohammed Atta with his guide dog Kassie. See SWNS story SWLDdog. A young blind man has spoken of his devastation after a group of thugs viciously attacked him with a bat - and stole his beloved pet puppy worth ?6,500. Mohammed Atta, 24, was ambushed by the car ?full of lads? while he was walking his dog, Precious, with a friend in Bradford, West Yorks., on Monday (25) night. He believes his attackers knew that he was visually impaired and targetted him due to the nature of his disability. The stricken pet lover said when the vehicle pulled up, the gang of men jumped out and used a baseball bat or cricket bat to ?smack? him in the leg, causing painful bruises.
Mohammed Atta with his guide dog Kassie who is safe and well (Picture: Mohammed Atta/SWNS)
Mohammed Atta's bruises and marks from the attack. See SWNS story SWLDdog. A young blind man has spoken of his devastation after a group of thugs viciously attacked him with a bat - and stole his beloved pet puppy worth ?6,500. Mohammed Atta, 24, was ambushed by the car ?full of lads? while he was walking his dog, Precious, with a friend in Bradford, West Yorks., on Monday (25) night. He believes his attackers knew that he was visually impaired and targetted him due to the nature of his disability. The stricken pet lover said when the vehicle pulled up, the gang of men jumped out and used a baseball bat or cricket bat to ?smack? him in the leg, causing painful bruises.
Mohammed was left with painful bruises following the vicious assault (Picture: SWNS)

‘Then the lad smacked me one more time with the baseball bat, and they ran around and got back into their car and escaped with the puppy.

Dog lover Mohammed said he was ‘hurting’ following the attack and wished Precious was back home with him.

He said: ‘I’ll do anything to get my baby girl home. I’m worried sick. I just can’t believe this has happened to me.

‘Please, whoever has her just bring her home safe to me’.

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Unfortunately, the puppy is not microchipped as the appointment was booked for Wednesday, which Mohammed fears will make it far harder to find Precious.

The shocking thefts come as new figures reveal dog thefts in the UK have reached a seven-year high, with the equivalent of eight dogs being stolen every single day.

Last year alone 2,760 dogs were snatched from their owners, and the number of heart-breaking thefts has risen 16 per cent since 2015, according to new data.

West Yorkshire Police said in a statement: ‘Police are investigating a robbery which happened on Springfield Avenue, Bradford.

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‘Officers were called at 21.59 to reports a man had been attacked while he was out walking his dog. The suspects stole his puppy.

‘It’s believed the suspects left the scene in a Black Audi.’

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