Dog attack leaves blind woman with ‘hole in leg’
Victim injured by aggressive Staffordshire terrier in town centre
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