Man and dog suffer wounds in ‘dog attack’

Mark Friend-James with his pointer, Elsi, last year. Picture: Mark Friend-James

Mark Friend-James with his pointer, Elsi, last year. Picture: Mark Friend-James

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A man and his dog suffered wounds in a ‘dog attack’ whilst out walking last week.

Mark Friend-James, from Findon Valley, was walking his dog on Cissbury Ring, Worthing, on Friday afternoon (December 2) when his dog was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier.

The wounds sustained by Mark and his dog, Elsi. Picture: Mark Friend-James

The wounds sustained by Mark and his dog, Elsi. Picture: Mark Friend-James

Mark’s dog, a pointer, sustained wounds to a leg and required veterinary treatment whilst Mark required nine stitches in his hand as he fought off the dog.

He said: “We were walking on Cissbury Ring and reached an area of grass where people don’t tend to walk but dogs roam around.

“There was a dog running mad through the grass that I spotted. He ran back to his owner and then sprinted towards me and my dog.

“I would say there was about 40-50 yards between me and the dog owner. The dog ran at us like a rugby player charging for a tackle and sunk his teeth into my dogs leg. I reacted by trying to wrestle the dog away and he then bit onto my hand. I tried to push the dog away but he wouldn’t release his teeth until his owner arrived over a minute later.”

Mark’s dog was operated on that afternoon at a cost of £715.

He added: “I forced the owner of the dog to call the police and to keep his dog on a lead. I could see that the dog still wanted to attack but was now being held back.

“Since the attack, it has made me think that if I struggled to get the dog off then imagine if it had happened to a child. The dog could have killed them.”

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “Police are investigating an incident near Cissbury Ring, Worthing, on Friday (December 2) at around 3.45pm in which a man suffered a hand wound requiring nine stitches during a dog attack.

“A Staffordshire bull terrier and a pointer, neither of which had been on leads, were involved. The latter sustained wounds to a leg which required veterinary treatment.”

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