Dog owner traced by police

POLICE have traced the owner of an out of control dog which bit a Felixstowe woman on the face - and are considering whether to prosecute her.The 49-year-old woman walked into the town's police station and admitted her dog had been involved after reading about the incident in the Evening Star.

POLICE have traced the owner of an out of control dog which bit a Felixstowe woman on the face - and are considering whether to prosecute her.

The 49-year-old woman walked into the town's police station and admitted her dog had been involved after reading about the incident in the Evening Star.

A police spokeswoman said she had not been arrested but had been interviewed by officers.

“At this stage we still have a little bit of work to do before we can make a decision on what action should be taken,” she said.

“We are making a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward and would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident.”

It is understood the woman, who is described as being “very upset” by the incident, claims her dog did not bite but headbutted mother-of-two Louise Gostling .

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Ms Gostling, 43, of Grange Road, Felixstowe, said: “It definitely bit me - and I have told the police they can have access to my doctor's notes from the hospital.

“The police originally told me they were going to caution the woman but I said that was not good enough and they needed to see the dog and what it was like.

“I was later told that when it went to the police station it was jumping up at all the officers, too.

“I feel strongly that some action needs to be taken to control this dog because at the moment it is not being controlled and I am worried what it could do to a child.”

Ms Gostling was knocked backwards by the animal as it leapt up at her, causing her to drop her bag on the floor.

As she bent down to pick it up, the dog went for her again and bit her face just below her left eye. The cut needed hospital treatment and three stitches.

She had been watching her son Andrew play rugby at Felixstowe Rugby Club in Mill Lane on his 18th birthday and along with her second son James, 16, were preparing to go on to a family celebration meal, but the day was wrecked as she had to then spend four hours in casualty.

The three years old dog - a boxer and Great Dane cross - was on a chain.

Anyone who saw the incident - which happened at 3.10pm on Saturday March 8 - should call Felixstowe police on 01473 613500.

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