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Jogger bitten in dog attack
Thursday, 20 September 2012
BITE: The victim shows off the wound.
THE VICTIM of a dog attack in Rayleigh has spoken about the incident.
The jogger was bitten in Sweyne Park by a Rottweiller, but the owners left the scene and police have not traced them.
The attack occurred close to the Sweyne Park car park on the morning of Saturday, September 1.
The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that despite being on a lead, the dog jumped up and sank its teeth into her arm, drawing blood and leaving a large bruise.
She described the female owner as being about 50 years old with straight, dark, shoulder-length hair.
The victim said: “The owner kept saying he’d never done it before. Its teeth had ripped a big hole in my new jacket so she said she’d pay for that.
“She said she’d give me her phone number but I didn’t have anything to write it down and
wasn’t sure she’d give me her real number, so I said I’d just follow her home. But she wouldn’t go home. She just kept standing there.
“Eventually she called her husband and told him to meet us in the car park, but she told him not to bring the car. I believe that was because she didn’t want me to see the licence plate.
“Her husband gave her £30 to give me for my jacket and walked off with the dog. Then she left. I wanted to follow her home but I knew she’d just walk and walk and I didn’t have all day to spend following her.”
The victim reported the attack to police as soon as she got home and has now given the Yellow Advertiser pictures of her wound in the hope that it may prompt somebody to name the culprit.
She said: “I am concerned about this happening again, maybe to a child. It was a huge dog.
“I felt very intimidated by the whole thing. She never said ‘I’m so sorry’ or anything like that. I think she was only interested in protecting the dog and making sure I didn’t see her car or her house.”
Police confirmed that they had received a report about the incident and reminded dog owners that they can be prosecuted for owning a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.
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