A mindless yob battered a taxi driver after he was told he wasn’t allowed to travel with his dog.
The 42-year-old victim was attacked during a pick-up in Ben More Drive, Paisley on Saturday afternoon.
Three men and a dog emerged from a flat around 3.55pm and went to get in the back seat of the waiting motor.
However, the driver explained pets were banned from the taxi.
Cops revealed the dog’s irate owner then leapt into the front seat of the car and launched a mindless assault on the innocent cabbie.
The brute rained down blows on the terrified victim as his pals watched on.
Police investigating the incident said all three suspects had made off from the scene when they arrived.
It is understood the victim sustained minor facial injuries as a result of the onslaught but did not need hospital treatment.
Inspector Tracy Harkins, from Paisley’s community policing team, urged witnesses to come forward.
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She said: “Police were called to reports a 42-year-old man had been assaulted in Ben More Drive, Paisley around 3.55pm on Saturday.
“The victim, who is employed as a taxi driver, was struck in the head repeatedly by an unknown male.
“The victim did not require hospital treatment but has been left shaken by the ordeal.
“We are keen to trace the individual responsible for this attack.
“Everyone should have the right to go to work without fear of becoming the victim of violence”
“We believe he was in the company of two other males at the time.”
She added: “If you witnessed what happened, or observed three men with a dog in the area following the incident then please contact us.
“I’d also ask anyone with dash cam footage from the are to check if they captured anything which may be useful to our
Express readers with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.