By Joan Murray

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Wilton Manors man has been reunited with his dog who he lost when he was attacked early Monday morning.

The man, who lives in Wilton Manors with his husband, said he was taking his dog Petey for a walk just before 5 a.m. when he felt as if someone was following him on foot.

He said he was on NE 6th Drive and as he approached Wilton Drive, a car pulled up and at least two more men got out and beat him.

“I couldn’t see their faces, it was too dark. They took me to the ground, beating and kicking me,” he said. “I was armed with a flashlight. As soon as they took me to the ground the leash was out of my hand.”

“Nothing was said to me, nothing was taken and now my dog is gone,” he added.

The man, who did not wish to be named, doesn’t know why he was targeted or if it was a hate crime. He said originally he thought his attackers had taken his beloved dog. He then learned from someone that a black dog was seen running south on Wilton Drive after the attack. He desperately wants to get Petey back.

“He’s a Manchester terrier mix and very skittish,” said the man.

The 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades posted a picture of Petey on their Facebook page to rally help.

Wilton Manors police also got out the word on Twitter.

The social media exposure worked. Late Monday evening, the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades announced on their Facebook page that Petey had been found and reunited with his owners.