Victim of dog attack in Spalding says there will be blood on Lincolnshire Police's hands due to lack of action
The victim of a vicious dog attack has slammed a lack of police action - and says ‘blood will be on their hands’ if it happens again.
A Spalding woman, who does not wish to be named, suffered serious injuries to her arm after being bitten last Wednesday (July 20).
She had been carrying out an energy assessment at a property on Queen’s Road when the dog allegedly grabbed her arm and pulled her to the ground.
Having required two sets of stitches since the attack, which she believes was from a cross-breed between a Mastiff and a Bulldog, the woman says she is lucky the outcome wasn’t even worse.
“I was screaming. It’s the worst pain I’ve ever experienced in my life, and the most terrifying incident of my life,” she said.
“As the dog bit my arm, I remember the feeling, it was like the entire muscle of my forearm came away from the bone. In my head I was like ‘I have not got a forearm’.”
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The woman’s main frustration, however, has come from what she believes was a misunderstanding from police which meant they didn’t seize the dog.
She added: “The dog is still at home, surrounded by families, and there’s nothing that they’re going to do about it.
“They’ve also said that it isn’t serious enough, but if my injury isn’t serious enough then what is serious? If I was a child I’d be dead.
“She (the owner) was emotionless when it came to this. That dog, if it injures anyone else, the blood is already on her hands as far as I’m concerned.
“The blood is on Lincolnshire Police’s hands because they’re not doing anything about it.”
A Lincolnshire Police statement said: “We have spoken to the person involved and our investigation is under way.
“We have specialist dog legislation officers in force, who have advised, at this time, we will not be seizing the dog. We cannot pre-judge the outcome and we’re not able to comment on an ongoing investigation.
“It can be extremely upsetting and frightening when someone is attacked by a dog and we understand the concerns raised.”