WITNESS APPEAL: DOG-WALKER SOUGHT AFTER JOGGER BITTEN IN SOUTHPORT PARK
Police in Southport are appealing for the owner of a dog which bit a jogger in a local park to make herself known to them.
The 53-year-old local man was running through Newlands Park in the Kew area of the town on Monday (August 4th) at around 7.30pm when he was bitten on the arm.
The man had just turned a bend in the gravel path a few hundred yards after the wooden bridge when he saw two women with two dogs coming the other way.
One of the dogs was on a lead but the other – a light tan-coloured bull terrier – was off its lead and ran towards him barking.
The jogger stood still but the dog jumped up at him and bit him twice – once on the left forearm and once on the left tricep.
The woman whose dog it was apologised and the man ran off, only noticing the seriousness of his injuries a short time later.
He suffered wounds to his arm which required hospital treatment, and deep bruising. He later called the police.
Southport neighbourhood sergeant Paul Riding said it was important for the woman whose dog was involved to contact the police to explain her version of events.
He said: “This was a deeply unpleasant experience for this man who was simply enjoying a jog in a local park on a summer’s evening.
He has rounded a bend and been confronted by a dog that was off the lead and immediately came towards him.
He did exactly the right thing in standing still and asking the owner to control it, however the dog has still reacted aggressively and bitten him twice before she could do this.
“Incidents like this are extremely serious and responsible dog ownership is crucial if our parks and beaches are to remain safe for everyone who wants to use them.
“Thankfully the man’s injuries are relatively minor, although no doubt extremely painful, and there will be no permanent damage. However he is understandably shaken up by the incident and I would appeal for the woman involved, her friend, or anyone who witnessed this incident to do the responsible thing and contact the police.”
The woman whose dog was off the lead is described as white, aged in her late 30s or early 40s, around 5ft 6ins tall with dyed blond shoulder-length hair.
Her friend, whose dog remained on the lead, is similar age and height but had long dark, tied-back hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call Constable James Paulden on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Pictured above is a light tan-coloured bull terrier (not the dog in question)
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