Woman, 74, attacked by dog describes ‘screaming’ in pain with ‘flesh everywhere’ | UK News
One woman described her as “screaming” in pain after a dog attacked her, grabbed her arm and shook her “like a rag doll” in west London.
The 74-year-old victim told Sky News she was afraid the dog had ripped her hand off her arm.
The woman was driving through Northolt when her car collided with another vehicle and both sides stopped and got off to check for damage.
A large dog then “appeared out of nowhere” and lunged at her, putting his paw on her shoulder, she said.
The unnamed woman told Sky News: “I must have instinctively pushed it off, and the next thing I knew I was lying on the ground, swaying like a doll and screaming for my life. .
“The dog grabbed my right arm and I was on the ground, I was shaken like a rag doll and screaming ‘someone please help me,’ I screamed as hard as I could.”
The incident happened amid concerns about dog attacks after Natasha Johnston beaten to death in Caterham, Surrey, and a 4 year old girl killed in a back garden in Milton Keynes
Footage of the attack in Northolt on January 26 has been shared online and shows what looks like a pit bull clinging to the woman’s arm as two men fight to release her go out.
The woman said two men came from the other car and were “kicking the dog, hitting the dog and trying their best to get it off me”.
She said: ‘At one point the old man grabbed both of the dog’s ears and the dog stared at my face and growled and I kept screaming.
The woman said the dog eventually let go of her hand and she hid in the passenger seat of her car.
‘I feel like I’m looking at minced meat’
The woman added: “All I remember seeing when I jumped in my car was flesh everywhere. And my arms were dangling. There was meat on my coat, there was meat. on your lap, in the car.
“When I look at my arm, I feel like I’m looking at minced meat. Obviously that’s where the dog chewed, bit, and nibbled on it.
“I didn’t feel pain at the time but then I screamed in pain. I just pictured my hand on the ground. The way he pulled me, I didn’t think my hand would be left on my arm.” .”
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Emergency services arrived and the woman was taken to the hospital.
“It was the most horrible time of my life,” she said. “I kept thinking I might never see my kids again. It was horrible.”
The attack broke both bones in the woman’s forearm. She has had three surgeries so far and said she will have to undergo many more.
The authorities are looking for the dog owner
The Metropolitan Police said officers were called at 10:54pm on January 26 after the woman was attacked by the dog.
A force spokesman said: “Two vehicles collided. While those involved were exchanging details, a woman was approached and attacked by a dog, injuring her. At hand.
“Others started trying to help her. The dog didn’t belong to them.
“Another member of the public, seeing the incident, stopped her car and opened the door. The dog got in and she took it to a gas station near Yeading Lane, where it bit her hand. .
“Police arrived and took control of the dog. It was taken to a police station where efforts to find the owner are ongoing.
“The two women’s injuries are not life-threatening.”
Other dog attacks
The 74-year-old said that on the day she was attacked, she was discussing the news that Natasha Johnston, 28, was killed by dogs in Surrey.
“It was horrible,” she said. “I don’t think dogs are allowed to roam the streets without muzzles. Especially dogs of that size, because they are so big.”
Earlier this week, four-year-old Alice Stones was killed in a dog attack in her back garden in Milton Keynes.