Dog and owner hurt in bull terrier attack

A DOG walker and her pet required stitches after being bitten by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Motherwell.

The savage attack, which took place on the path from Strathclyde Park to Watling Street, was so severe that four men had to help prise the 'staffy' off the other dog.

The 34-year-old woman required stitches to a wound at Wishaw General following the incident around 12.30pm last Sunday (October 17), while her pet, also a staffy, was taken to an emergency vet in Glasgow.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident and urged those who helped the woman to get in touch.

Officers say the incident unfolded as the woman, who was walking her dog on the lead, noticed the other staffy running towards them.

It began to bark and growl before sinking its teeth into her dog's front right leg, locking its jaw and refusing to let go.

A group of men rushed to help her, getting the dog away and ensuring she got home safely.

Police investigating the incident are trying to trace the offending dog's owner, who is described as being male, around 5'9" with dark brown hair. He was wearing a dark coloured top and light blue jeans at the time.

Enquiry officer PC Matt Griffiths said: "We would like to thank the men who stepped in to help the woman during the attack and would particularly like to speak to the two men who drove the lady home."

Any witnesses with information regarding this incident is urged to call Motherwell Police Office on 01698 483000.

Full story in October 28 edition of Motherwell Times