Woman bitten on leg by dog on Swanage footpath

Dorset Police are investigating after a large dog bit a woman puncturing her skin, as she was walking her two Jack Russell dogs along the Priest’s Way track near Belle Vue Farm in Swanage.

The dog bite incident happened at around 10.30 am on Tuesday 5th October 2021 and police officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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A large dog approached off the lead

Dorset Police say that a woman aged in her 30s was walking two Jack Russell dogs, heading in the direction of Langton Matravers, when a large dog approached off the lead.

The large dog began attacking her dogs and as she tried to intervene it bit her on the calf, causing a puncture wound.

A woman came running toward them and the victim thought she was putting a muzzle on the dog. The victim told her what had happened, but the woman left without giving any of her details.

Map of Priest's Way track in Swanage
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Map of south west Swanage and the Priest’s Way track near Belle Vue Farm

Possibly a cross between a German Shepherd and a Husky

The woman is described as white, of medium build, aged in her 40s and around five feet four inches tall with blonde shoulder-length hair in a ponytail. She was wearing jeans and a thin woollen multi-coloured jumper. She also wore glasses.

The dog is described as possibly a cross between a German Shepherd and a Husky, with short fur and brown and black in colour.

“Keen to identify the owner of the dog

Police constable Jennie Sykes-Martin, of Dorset Police, said:

“We are carrying out enquiries into this incident and are keen to identify the owner of the dog involved so we can hear her account.

“I would urge anyone with information as to her identity to please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210160760.

Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

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