AN East Staffordshire woman has spoken of her horror after being attacked by a dog while out walking on a quiet country path.
Stephanie Colclough, who lives in Fauld Lane, Tutbury was out walking from Dovedale to Milldale with her husband when they came across the dog, which she believes was a Samoyed Husky at 3.30pm last Sunday.
The 43-year-old said the couple, who did not have dog of their own, approached a gate when they first noticed it sniffing around and that it was not on a lead. However when they opened the gate, the dog became more aggressive and started snarling at her.
Stephanie said: “As soon as it started snarling it jumped up. It was then that I thought it might attack me and try to sink its teeth in. I put my hands up to try and stop it. I’m about 5’6 but it was jumping up at my face.
“I’ve no doubt that it wanted to kill. I’d hate to think what might have happened had it been a child instead of myself. Its owners couldn’t control it at all.”
As a result of the attack, Stephanie was left with heavy bruising around her ribs as well as a mark where the dog had bitten her. When she later went for treatment she was told that her injuries could have been a lot worse.
She added: “I was wearing a fleece and a raincoat. Its teeth went through both layers and broke the skin, but didn’t puncture it. I was told if I didn’t have so many layers on, then it would have done so.”
Following the attack, Stephanie says she was left in a state of shock and was unable to take details from the dog’s owner, who walked off after a brief apology. However she later reported the incident at Ashbourne Police Station. She said: “Even though it happened in Milldale, the dog could be from the Burton area.”
Derbyshire Constabulary is asking for anyone with information to contact PC Baggaley on the 101 number.