THE victim of a dog attack fears the Staffordshire bull terrier which left her needing hospital treatment could strike again if its owner is not caught.
Police have launched an investigation in an attempt to trace the owner after Hannah Barratt and her labrador, Max, were set upon in Woodville.
Miss Barratt had to undergo an operation after the dog sank its teeth into her hand in a field off Finch Close, as she desperately tried to rescue her pet which was the Staffy’s grip.
She will also have to stay off work for two weeks while she recovers.
Now she fears other dog walkers and even children could be at risk from the animal, which is believed to have attacked before.
It was Miss Barratt’s labrador that approached the man, thought to be in his 20s, and his two dogs, which were on leads, in the field.
The 29-year-old admitted that perhaps she should have made sure she put her dog on the lead, but said the situation escalated quickly,
She told the Mail: “That’s the only thing people will judge me on; my dog wasn’t on a lead, but I’d never seen those dogs before and I used to live two yards from where it happened.
“As I climbed over the stile into the field Max ran over to the dogs, I didn’t have the chance to put him on the lead.
“The young guy said ‘be careful, he has attacked before’, and before I had time to register what he said the black dog grabbed Max around the neck.”
In the ensuing melee, Miss Barratt was bitten on the hand as she battled to free her helpless pet.
She said she was so concerned with getting herself and Max to safety she did not consider attempting to get the man’s details.
Now she fears someone else could be in the firing line.
“I don’t want what happened to me and my dog to happen to anyone else,” she said. “I am desperately seeking to find this dangerous dog, before it injures or does worse to a child or animal.”
Police are to conduct enquiries in the area in an attempt to trace the owner of the Staffy following the incident which happened on April 24 and have also appealed to the owner to come forward.
A spokesman for the force said: “We will carry out house-to-house enquiries in to try and identify the person. We would like to talk to the person who owns the dog to make sure it is safe.”