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Dog attack woman launches campaign

A Workington woman has launched a campaign to have all dogs muzzled in public after she was attacked in the town.

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INJURED: Dog owner Valerie Jefferson, of Northside, is launching a campaign to have all dogs muzzled in public places after she was bitten by a pitbull-type animal

Valerie Jefferson, of Far Moss, Northside, was bitten on her leg by a pitbull-type dog on Monday of last week.

It happened on a cycle path leading towards Navvies Bridge.

Ms Jefferson, 47, who was on her way home when the incident took place, said: “The dog came out of nowhere and bit me in an unprovoked attack.

“I could see it was wearing a lead but it ran at me from the front, bit me and ripped my jeans open.

“It then went on to quickly bite me again, only this time it shook its head in a proper attack.

“I was in complete shock. It all happened so quickly and I initially thought it had just ripped my trousers.”

Ms Jefferson has two dogs, although they weren’t with her at the time of the attack. She has decided to muzzle them in public places and has written to Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham to ask for his help in encouraging other dog owners to do the same.

She added: “The incident has left me so shocked that I haven’t been able to take my own two dogs out since. I’ve lost confidence.

“I can’t stop thinking how many others, including children and other dog walkers use that path and how the same could happen to them too.”

Ms Jefferson said a man and woman, both aged around 17 to 18, were walking the dog with a smaller terrier-type dog.

She said the man went up to her and apologised before the pair ran off towards the town centre.

An ambulance and the police were called and Ms Jefferson was taken to the West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven, for treatment.

She said she was concerned the dog may bite someone again and is calling on the pair to come forward.

She also wants to see a dog safety education programme introduced for children.

Police are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

Have your say

And now we have the boy who cried "wolf!", please people EDUCATE yourself, dogs ARE NOT wolves, if they were, we wouldn't have them in our homes!!

Posted by Oh dear... on 23 May 2014 at 05:47

Wilst I feel sorry for anyone who has an injury casued by an animal this is just a load of 'My 15 minutes in the headline' story.
The dog she is holding is one of the worst type of ankle snappers going, they doit for fun if they are bored.
Pit bull type dogs are bred for attacking but normally any 'Attack' type of dog needs a trigger to get it to attack, beit a command for the controller or a sudden movement from the prey.

Sorry, I do not think that this is the entire truth in the matter.

Posted by Andy on 19 May 2014 at 13:10

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