Dog at­tack leaves blind woman with ‘hole in leg’

Vic­tim in­jured by ag­gres­sive Stafford­shire ter­rier in town cen­tre

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A BLIND woman from Yead­ing has been left fear­ful of go­ing out af­ter be­ing at­tacked by a dog in Hayes town cen­tre.

Jen­nifer Rid­out, who walks with a guide dog, was shop­ping in Hayes when she was ‘knocked fly­ing’ by a Stafford­shire bull ter­rier.

She said: “He came like a bullet out of a gun, he got hold of my guide dog’s back legs and pulled the flesh away.”

Her guide dog, a labrador-re­treiver cross called Toby, is Jen­nifer’s ‘life­line’ and costs around £50,000 to train and keep.

She added: “My dog screamed out in pain. I’ve never heard a dog scream be­fore and then ev­ery­body was say­ing ‘look at the dog!’ I was sit­ting on the floor by this time and he put his paws around my neck and buried his head around my chin and was whim­per­ing.

“Luck­ily a man got him off quick enough. It’s me that was hurt more though. I don’t know whether I was bit­ten, but my leg hurt very much and I’ve got a hole in my leg which bled a lot.”

Po­lice were called, but by the time they had ar­rived at the scene, in Pump Lane, a young man with a hooded jumper who was seen with the dog had fled.

Ms Rid­out says the stress of the in­ci­dent has taken its toll on her and has put her off go­ing into Hayes town cen­tre.

She said: “I can’t go back while there are Staffys on the loose there.

“I was re­ally shaken up. I had to go to ca­su­alty and now I’m on a very high dosage of an­tibi­otics for a fort­night and painkillers.

“I have hurt my fin­ger, my wrist, my el­bow and shoul­der all on my right side.

“The doc­tor reck­ons I might have frac­tured a rib.”

Around 20 to 30 peo­ple sur­rounded Ms Rid­out at the time of the in­ci­dent – around 1pm on Fri­day, Au­gust 7.

Ms Rid­out added: “I would like to say thank you to those who helped and ask any­one if they know the owner of this dog to please come for­ward be­cause it could kill.

“I went down like a ton of bricks, but a child wouldn’t have stood any chance.”

n AT­TACK: Jenny Rid­out with Toby Photo by Grant

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