Last Sunday, Claes was walking his dog near a park in Turnhout and met the group after his dog came near them, he tells in a video interview.

The migrants were not amused by the dog being in their vicinity and told Claes the dog smelled. The old men said the dog didnt and then things got completely out of hand.

The elderly man was brutally beaten by the group and lost consciousness. I woke up when a woman said: Sir, are you alright, Claes says.

After he awakened, the woman used his smartphone to call an ambulance. Claes was rushed to hospital, where they found he had 11 breakages in his facial bones.

Claes is deeply affected by the incident, but he doesnt fear going outside. What else can you do? The dog needs to be walked, theres no other option, he says.

As of yet, the Belgian police have arrested only one of five the suspects, which were described by Claes as foreigners.