Lancs Cops Appeal after two women attacked by dog

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Appeal after two women attacked by dog on the sea front at Blackpool

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two women were attacked by a dog on the Promenade at Blackpoo

At around 11pm on Monday the 8th of July, the two women were walking along the Promenade near to the sea wall. Just as they passed ‘The Sandcastle’, the dog, believed to belong to two men who were fishing nearby, ran towards them and bit one of the women in the leg, violently pulling her to the floor.

Her friend tried to intervene and was also bitten by the dog in the process. The owner, who saw what was happening, ran over, put the dog back on the lead but then ran from the scene in the direction of the Pleasure Beach without offering any help or leaving their details.

An ambulance was called by another man who had also been fishing in the area and both women were taken to hospital. One lady was transferred to Royal Preston Hospital for emergency surgery to her leg while the other lady received treatment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Detective Inspector Kev Simmons said, “Both ladies will be scarred for life as a result of the injuries they received and we are determined to trace the people responsible for this animal.”

The dog is described as a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Pit Bull type dog, but not a puppy. It was described as very dark brown or black with a white stripe on its head leading from its nose onto the top of its head. It was wearing a harness at the time of the incident but was not on its lead.

The man believed to be the owner is described as white, in his early 30`s, of medium build, about six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark jacket with dark jeans.

The man who was with him is described as white, about 40 years old, medium build, about five feet nine inches tall, wearing a light creamy coloured cardigan style jacket with his hood up and dark jeans.

DI Simmons continued; “The two men were fishing on the sea wall at the time and I hope that fact will jog someone’s memory and will help them to put two and two together to identify the dog and its owner.

“If anyone has any information at all that they think could help I would urge them to call us on 101 and quote log number LC-20130708-1895.”
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