A foreign man was struck in the face and attacked by a dog during an assault at his home in south Belfast in what has been branded a “racist attack”.
The dog bit the victim on the arm and he was taken to the City Hospital in Belfast. The attack happened at around 6.30pm in Rutland Street.
Police have not identified a motive for the Christmas Eve incident but appealed for anybody with information to contact them.
Sinn Féin Assemblyman Alex Maskey said it was probably a racist attack.
“These types of vicious racist attacks have no place in our society and we need to challenge the attitudes that lead to people being targeted in this way,” he said.
Mr Maskey said blood covered the ground outside the house after the victim was punched on the nose.
The family are from Uganda but have been living in Belfast for some time. The couple have three children, one a baby.
“The man was standing on his own doorstep when he was attacked and bitten. It is disgraceful and has all the hallmarks of a racist attack,” he added.
“This is a hard working family, very well-respected and the neighbours are all very angry about this.”
He added that there would be no “repercussions” from members of the largely nationalist community if the victim spoke to the police and said he had been the target of “unprovoked thuggery“.