Dog attacks woman in Old Town park

Old Town Recreation Ground Eastbourne.

Old Town Recreation Ground Eastbourne.

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A woman was injured in a “terrifying” attack by a dog at the Old Town Rec this afternoon (June 5).

Sussex Police and the South East Coast Ambulance Service were called, after the woman sustained injuries to her arm and shoulder.

A witness, Richard Baldock, who was walking his dog at the time, said the woman, who is believed to be elderly, was protecting her chihuahua from attack.

She was walking her dog with another woman, in the park.

He said a young man was walking two dogs on ropes, which were “pit-bull staffie type-dogs”, when one of them attacked the chihuahua.

The elderly woman then picked up her dog and she was attacked.

“It was terrifying,” said Mr Baldock. “It was a nasty attack.”

“It started jumping up, trying to get to the dog.”

He said emergency services were then called.

“She was in a state of shock. She was stretchered off to hospital.”

Mr Baldock said something needs to be done to prevent these attacks.

“There are children playing in that park,” he said. “I regularly take my children there.”

“I am a dog owner and I have been for many years. But if you see a dog walking around without a proper collar and lead, it needs to be reported.”

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, “Emergency services were called to Old Town Recreation Ground on Longland Road in Eastbourne around midday on Friday, June 5 to reports of a woman being bitten by a dog.

“The dog was with a man in the recreation ground when it bit the woman.

“The woman, who was also walking a dog, suffered injuries to both her arms, she has been taken to hospital. Her dog was also bitten and has been taken to a vet.

“The dog, which bit the woman, has been taken away to be assessed.”

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