Plymouth woman scarred for life after dog attack in park
A 60-year-old woman who was attacked by a dog that looked like a "teddy-bear" will be left with permanent scars, police have said.
The incident happened at around 9am on Monday when the woman was walking her dog in Mutley Park, off Thorn Park, in Mannamead.
Officers say the woman came across a man, who she has seen in the park before, also walking his dog. She stopped to say hello to him and bent down to stroke his dog, which was on its lead.
The dog grabbed the woman's arm and shook it vigorously, police said.
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PC Rebecca Springbett, neighbourhood beat manager for the area, who is investigating the attack, said: "When the woman pulled her sleeve back she discovered she had lost a chunk of skin. She placed her other hand underneath the wound and there was blood pooling and running down her leg. She was bleeding profusely."
The woman was taken to Derriford Hospital by a friend but was told by doctors in A&E that the injury was too bad to be stitched.
PC Springbett said: "As a consequence of this attack the woman had to have a skin graft operation on Wednesday and will be left with permanent scarring. This was a very frightening experience for her. If it had been a child it could have been a lot worse."
The woman described the dog as a curly-coated, gingery-brown terrier type dog, possibly a Lakeland or Border terrier, or a crossbreed between the two.
She also said in her statement that the dog was "like a teddy-bear and really quite pretty", said PC Springbett.
The male owner of the dog is described as white, aged between 45 and 60, 5ft 8in tall, well built, with mid to dark coloured hair. He was wearing a brown jacket and trousers and was described by the woman as "sounding local".
The man is said to have picked his dog up during the attack in an attempt to get it off the woman and appeared shocked, said PC Springbett.
Anyone who saw the attack, or who may be able to identify the dog or the man, is asked to contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime reference number EC/12/8459.