Police are investigating an assault that occurred in St Kilda this month that left a man in hospital.
Investigators have been told a man was at a dog park near St Kilda Peanut Farm, just off Acland Street, on 15 September about 4.30pm with his dog.
A verbal dispute took place between the man and an unknown woman about her dog’s behaviour.
The woman made a phone call and shortly after that a blue Holden Commodore with two male occupants pulled up.
The man fled the area, carrying his dog, and headed up Blessington Street.
The Commodore followed him and at the intersection of Barkly Street, the two males got out and ran toward the man.
The man and his dog were thrown to the ground and one of the offenders punched the victim’s head into the concrete multiple times while the other repeatedly kicked the victim in the ribs and stomach.
The dog was also hit but was not injured.
The victim, a 47-year-old Elwood man, was taken to hospital with suspected concussion and broken ribs.
The men got back into the car, with the woman from the dog park, and drove away from the scene.
Police have released an image of two males they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au