A DOG walker was seriously assaulted this morning while he was out with his pet at the Water of Leith Walkway.
The 47 year-old was walking by Keddie Gardens, off South Fort Street, around 7.30am when his pet was suddenly attacked by another dog.
The victim kicked the dog to fend it off but its owner approached and struck him to the head and body with a stick.
The suspect then made off towards West Bowling Green Street.
The victim suffered a serious injury to his arm and minor injuries to his head and had to be taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment.
Detective Constable Chris Harding from Gayfield Police Station said: “The victim has sustained some very painful injuries following this attack and we are continuing with inquiries in the area.
“Anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious around the Water of Leith Walkway near Keddie Gardens during Wednesday morning is asked to contact police immediately.
“We would also request that anyone with any further information that can assist with our investigation into this incident gets in touch.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.