A woman who claims to have been attacked in broad daylight was left with a bloodied face after a fellow dog walker 'launched' a rock at her as she walked her new puppy.
Rachel Matusiewicz, 36, from East Goscote, Leicestershire says she was struck in the head with a rock and shoved to the ground as her attacker laughed while she was walking a 12-week-old miniature Dachshund.
The complementary therapist says the attacker pushed with such force that her puppy Rolo went flying in the air and landed on his back.
Rachel Matusiewicz, 36, (pictured) says she was left with a bloodied face after a rock was thrown at her
She added that he screamed out a noise that made her believe he'd broken his back.
Ms Matusiewicz claims the attack took place in Bradgate Park, just after 2pm on November 24.
She said: 'I had only had Rolo for about four weeks when this happened and he hadn't even had his second vaccination so I was walking around the park with him in my arms.
'I only let him down to see if he would go to the toilet.
'I am a six foot woman and I have always considered myself to be a strong person.
'Although I was terrified for my own safety, the most traumatic thing was the sound that Rolo was making after he was sent flying out of my arms, into the air and landed on his back.
'I could hardly see what was going on around me because of the blood pouring into my left eye after he launched the rock at my head.
'During our walk, I saw a male approaching with two large Labradors off the leads.
'Rolo was still a tiny puppy and shouldn't have been mixing with other dogs so instinctively picked him up again.
Ms Matusiewicz says the attacker pushed with such force that her puppy Rolo (pictured) went flying in the air and landed on his back
Ms Matusiewicz later said: 'I am a six foot woman and I have always considered myself to be a strong person. Although I was terrified for my own safety, the most traumatic thing was the sound that Rolo was making after he was sent flying out of my arms'
'The man was eyeballing me. It felt so invasive and uncomfortable. He lingered, said hello and smiled.
'I smiled back but didn't say anything.'
Ms Matusiewicz says that after the man had walked past her, she went to put Rolo back down on the ground.
Before taking her hands off her puppy she looked back to check there was enough distance between them but says that he was still watching her.
She added: 'It was a brief but really strange exchange. He said "you're a bit weird" repeatedly, I assumed it was because I had picked Rolo up as they had gone past so I began explaining it was due to him not having all of his vaccinations yet.
Ms Matusiewicz said that since the incident Rolo (pictured out on a walk) 'hasn't been the same' and has been 'more wary and scared'
'He responded by saying I was mentally unwell and that I had mental health issues in such a demeaning tone. I was really taken aback by what had been said.
'So I picked Rolo back up and turned to walk in the opposite direction. As I walked away a stone came flying over my shoulder and just narrowly missed Rolo's head.
'I turned around and realised that he had thrown it at me. He was laughing in the distance.
'So I got my phone out so he knew I would have his face on my phone. He had thrown a stone at my 12-week-old puppy. I felt like someone tried to harm a child.
'I went towards him with my phone recording him, then he suddenly went back on himself and the next second he was stood next to me.
'I then felt contact on my arm. He grabbed me and shoved me with such force that Rolo went flying through the air as I was pushed to the ground.
Rolo was taken to the vets after, Ms Matusiewicz said
'Rolo had landed on his back and was screaming. It was so traumatic as I thought he'd broken his back.'
Ms Matusiewicz said that she quickly felt a sharp object being launched at her head after she was shoved as the attacker grabbed her phone and ran off.
She added: 'I screamed after him begging for my phone so that I could ring someone.
'I got Rolo in my arms and knew I needed to find someone. He was making so much noise and I was hysterical screaming for help.
'I could barely see out of my left eye due to the blood. I'd never had a head injury before.
'I was going as fast as I could until I eventually found some people to help me on the footpaths who called the police for me.
'The police drove me home in my car. Once I had spoken to them, I then took Rolo to the vets in the state I was in.
'He just wagged his tail while they checked him over and cleaned him as he was covered in my blood.
'He hasn't been the same since, he's been more wary and scared.
Ms Matusiewicz says she was struck in the head with a rock and shoved to ground while walking her new 12-week-old miniature Dachshund Rolo (pictured)
'That evening I went to the hospital to get my head looked at as it was still bleeding. It was a deep cut that they cleaned up and glued back together.
'It's really impacted me but I have been making herself go out with Rolo as I don't want him to suffer.
'It motivates me to go out. I haven't really been able to sleep as it plays in my mind over and over again.
'I am jumpier when I pass men and I don't feel safe now. The whole thing has made me feel so weak for how I let it affect me.
'I felt so powerless.
'I don't even feel particularly supported by the police, as they haven't even issued an appeal on their website. It's almost caused second-hand trauma.'
Leicestershire Police said: 'Officers are continuing to investigate a report of robbery in Bradgate Park last month.
'Shortly after 2.45pm on Wednesday 24 November it was reported that a man had thrown a rock at a woman, causing a cut to her head.
'The man also took her mobile phone before running off.
'No arrests have been made at this time and enquiries are ongoing. Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting reference 21*685830.'