POLICE in Bridlington have released a picture of a woman they want to speak to in connection with a dog attack in the town.
This comes after a female jogger was attacked and bitten by an Alsation dog near the cliff tops close to Bridlington’s north beach.
Police say that on Thursday, August 30, at around 9.30am, the 39-year-old victim was running with her boyfriend on Limekiln Lane, just past Eighth Avenue, when she was attacked by an Alsatian that was not on a lead and bitten on her right leg and left buttock.
The woman, who has asked not to be named, said: “I have two young children and I am scared of what would happen if the dog attacked one of them, or any other small children. I don’t like to think about it.
“My leg was pouring with blood and swelled up, and I couldn’t sit down for two or three days. I have seen the woman with the dogs since and the dogs were not on their lead.
“I don’t want to see this happen to anyone else.”
The jogger said she was running behind her boyfriend, who turned a corner, and heard a dog barking.
As she approached the corner, an Alsation – whose owner had two other large dogs with her – went for her, biting her leg and buttock.
She said: “Before I knew it, the dog was hanging off my leg and I was in a lot of pain.
“I heard my boyfriend shouting and he said he saw the dog with its paws up on my back. Then it bit me on my backside, before the owner came up.
“She seemed to be nervous about what happened and said ‘you must have scared him’ and pulled the dog off by the scruff of its neck. The dog shouldn’t have been off its lead, especially in a residential area.
“I would say that I am definitely wary of dogs when I see them now.”
After the attack, the victim fled to the house of a nearby family member with severe bleeding. She required hospital treatment as a result, as she also suffers an allergy to dogs, which she feared would stop her from competing in the Great North Run.
Now police in the town would like to speak with the female owner of the dog in the picture, and are hoping that members of the public will come forward and identify her.
If you can identify the female, or assist Bridlington Police with their enquiries, contact them on the number 101 number quoting crime reference number 164/30/08/2012.