A dog was stolen in a robbery in Newbury on Saturday evening.
A 49-year-old man was walking his dog, a Bichon Frise, along Hambridge Road between 10.10pm and 10.15pm when he was approached by three men.
One of the men demanded he hand over the dog, and when the victim refused, he was assaulted.
He fell to the floor and was assaulted again, at which point the men left with the dog.
The man suffered injuries to his face but did not attend hospital.
Designated investigator Tracy Cole, based at Newbury police station, said: “This was a very distressing incident in which the victim’s dog was stolen from him.
“We are appealing for information to locate those responsible for this incident, and also to be able to return the dog to the victim.
“If anyone witnessed this incident, or has any information relating to it, please contact the Thames Valley non-emergency number 101.”