Teenager's bravery in horror dog fight

BRAVE teenager Lauren Johnston knows what it's like to put fear aside and step in to help when others might look the other way.The 16-year-old courageously threw herself into the fray without a second thought as a ferocious dog fight broke out in Ipswich town centre last Tuesday.

BRAVE teenager Lauren Johnston knows what it's like to put fear aside and step in to help when others might look the other way.

The 16-year-old courageously threw herself into the fray without a second thought as a ferocious dog fight broke out in Ipswich town centre last Tuesday.

Lauren was one of the first people to rush to the aid of tiny Maltese dog, Rambo, which was trapped in the jaws of a Bullmastiff on the Cornhill.

During the skirmish she was bitten on the finger and left the scene covered in blood from the feuding dogs.

But Lauren was more concerned about the welfare of the little dog she had just helped prize from the mouth of a dog with equal, if not more strength than her.

“I love animals,” she said. “When I heard a woman screaming and saw what was happening I ran to help the little dog.

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“I had my hand in the big dog's mouth to get it to release the smaller dog. But I was terrified it wouldn't let go and that the dog would die because it was yelping in pain.”

Lauren was seen by a paramedic after being bitten during the melee. She was sent to hospital where she received a tetanus shot and the injury has since healed.

Lauren's mother Leigh was with her on the day of the drama and looked back with pride at her daughter's bravery. “I was definitely concerned for her safety at the time,” she said.

“It was very traumatic but Lauren is a real animal lover and didn't think twice about her own safety.

“Lauren dropped to her knees to help the dog by trying to get the dog to open its jaws.

“She stayed to the end to help and I am very proud of her bravery.”

The four-year-old Maltese, Rambo, was left with puncture wounds, severe bruising and a damaged ear. He has since returned home from the vet and is on the road to a full recovery.

n. Two women were arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to behave dangerously in a public place and are due to answer bail at Ipswich police station on August 27.

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