A woman attacked by a dog on a Northumberland beach says she could have been seriously hurt had she not been wearing a thick ski jacket.
Lynn Elliott, 58, was walking her three-year-old black Labrador Stanley on Boulmer Beach on Thursday afternoon when she said they were approached by a German Shepherd with a stick. The two dogs played together and Lynn says she chatted to the German Shepherd’s owner before heading back to her car.
Lynn, who lives in Alnwick, told ChronicleLive: “I said to the owner they’ve got selective hearing when they want to play, because it was just ignoring her. We went to head back to the car and her dog picked up my dog’s ball, so she gave him a treat and he dropped the ball and she gave it back to me.
“Then I felt this awful pain in my side and I thought ‘oh my god’ and I suddenly realise it had bit me through my coat.”
Lynn said she then walked away to return to her car and claims the dog attacked her again from behind, this time biting her arm.
Make up artist Lynn said she then used her ball thrower to scare the dog away, and says that it backed off. She says that she tried to clamber back to her car and “waded through three feet of seaweed” to get back to safety.
She said: “It jumped up and grabbed the top of my arm again, it was really sore and I thought oh my god, when’s it going to stop? I felt really shaken up, If it was somebody frail or a child, or if I had been knocked to the ground, who knows what would have happened?
“It was biting me really hard, it wasn’t playing. I had a big, thick coat on because it was such a horrible day with the rain, and it wasn’t ripped but the sheer force of the bites have left me with bruises.”
Lynn has since been given a tetanus booster and a one-week course of antibiotics targeted specifically at dog bites. She believes that the dog should be muzzled and on a lead, and advised people to take care on Boulmer Beach.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Yesterday (Thursday), we received a report that at approximately 2.30pm a dog had bitten a woman in Northumberland.
“It was reported that a woman was walking on Boulmer Beach when a dog approached her and bit her, causing injuries to her back, arms and legs. Enquires are ongoing.”
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