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Victim of dog attack ‘frustrated’ after police end search for owner after just three weeks

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

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THE victim of a dog attack has been left ‘frustrated’ after police called off the search for its owner after just three weeks.

Derbyshire Police said it had exhausted all lines of inquiry after Hannah Barratt was bitten by a Staffordshire bull terrier in Woodville last month.

Officers carried out door-to-door inquiries in the area following the attack in a field off Finch Close on April 24, but attempts to trace the dog’s owner have proved fruitless.

Miss Barratt was injured while trying to rescue her labrador, Max, who had been set upon by the Staffy, which is understood to have attacked before.

But after being informed by the force that the case was closed, she said: “I’m not very happy about it. I thought they would continue with their inquiries for a bit longer, I don’t know if they haven’t got the manpower.”

The 29-year-old, who had to undergo an operation after being bitten on the hand and spent two weeks off work, said she was concerned the dog could attack again.

“It should be muzzled. I don’t want it to happen to someone else,” she said.

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