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Ipswich: Woman left nursing six puncture wounds after being bitten by dog in Gippeswyk Park

22:28 27 May 2014

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A woman bitten by a dog has described how she was left in tears with blood dripping from her arm after the animal’s owner deserted her in an Ipswich park.

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The lady, who did not want to be named, had been walking her own pet in Gippeswyk Park last Friday morning when the attack took place.

After seeing her black Staffordshire terrier scuffling with a white dog of the same breed the lady went to separate the two animals.

But as she got close to the pair the other dog jumped up and bit her on the arm.

Shocked, upset and in a lot of pain, the lady was approached by the white dog’s owner.

“I stood there for a while and the owner came over to me and said ‘let me have a look at it’,” the victim said.

“He just had a look at it and said ‘get that looked at’, and walked off.

“I was in tears. Another lady came over and she had a tissue so I could put pressure on it and then the park warden came along.

“I was in shock really. I was all shaky and upset.”

The woman first visited the hospital before having the wound treated at her local surgery.

She has two puncture wounds on the underside of her right forearm and four on top.

They are now covered by a dressing and she is still taking antibiotics to stop them becoming infected.

But rather than the injury itself the unfortunate lady said the worst part of her ordeal was the reaction of the white dog’s owner.

As well as offering no help or support to the injured victim before leaving her in the park, she said he didn’t appear concerned by his pet’s actions.

“If a dog is friendly and does that you’d be shocked,” she said. “But he showed no emotion whatsoever.

“He didn’t appear shocked at all. That was the worrying part.

“It makes you wonder if he did know what it (the dog) was like.”

Suffolk police are appealing for anyone with information about the attack or the dogs owner to come forward.

The man is described as white and in his sixties with grey hair. He was of slim build and dressed smartly.

Anyone able to help in this case should contact Pc Michelle Neasham from Ipswich South West Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

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4 comments

  • This lady maybe surprised by the owners reaction but I am not. Most of the dog owners in Gippeswyk Park are responsible, but there are a few ignorant owners who think there dogs can behave as they like

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    jane

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • To StarReader..."After seeing her black Staffordshire terrier scuffling with a white dog of the same breed" I think the clue is in the article...if you read it. To Helterskelter...We had the same prob with our last dog - as a puppy we acclimatised it to everything we could think of till one day 2 loose out of control black dogs ran out from a house in Surbiton road and for the rest of its life it was scared of all black dogs. Too many staffies are kept as social jewellery by the mindless these days. A dog should be put down once it has tasted blood.

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    Sarky Sage

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I have a small rescue dog that I regularly walk in Bourne Park. I have spent the last 6 months building her confidence and training her but every time we are in the park an off-lead dog will bound over and cause her to panic. I am working at it and do not want to avoid the park because of this but people in Ipswich seem unable to keep their dogs on leads. Just because your dog is friendly, doesn't mean mine will want to be and she shouldn't be in a position of stress when we are doing everything we should be!

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    helterskelter

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Strange how the first report of this story says she was bitten by a Staffie type dog......when actually she was the owner of the staffie and it was the other dog that attacked her! Hope she doesn't suffer any complications from this injury and the irresponsible owner of the other dog is found and dealt with appropriately!

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    StarReader

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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