A nurse has called for urgent police action after she was bit on the leg by a “bully-type” dog. The woman limped home alone after the dog owner ran away from the scene.
She required hospital treatment to stitch up the bloody wound left by the animal, reports DevonLive. The victim says she was terrified by the incident, which took place last Thursday, and fears other people could fall victim to the animal.
She criticised the police response to the incident, in the Paignton area of Devon. Although Devon and Cornwall Police has since issued an appeal for witnesses.
The incident happened at about 10am on September 28. The woman was walking near a Texaco garage when she noticed a man with a dog.
The 55-year-old said: “I’m really scared of dogs so I was walking away. I heard it barking then felt it bite the back of my thigh.
“It was so sudden and really painful. The owner started pulling it and ran away towards Oldway Mansion. The only thing he said to me was “f**k off”.
“I was really scared and anxious when I walked home. When I looked in the mirror I could see the skin had been ripped off and the blood was really coming out.”
The woman called for an ambulance and was taken to hospital for treatment. She needed seven stitches to fix the wound.
Photos show the extent of the damage. The back of her leg has two puncture wounds and is surrounded by extensive bruising.
Paramedics called police on her behalf but she says nobody has visited her and her calls to 101 have received no follow-up. She explained: “They haven’t really helped.
“I called for update and the police said they couldn’t do anything. My worry is that the dog might do it again. There must be cameras in the area that police can check.”
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called at 11am on September 28 by the ambulance service who were responding to a report of a woman having been bitten on the leg by a dog.
“It was reported that the owner left the area on foot following the incident. At this time there are no viable lines of enquiry but should any relevant information be reported it will be looked into.
“Anyone with information which may assist is asked to call police on 101 or report via our website quoting log 250 of 28 September.”