Eastbourne dog attack: woman’s ordeal

Kerry Stevens attacked by a dog in Eastbourne.'Kerry is pictured at the Conquest Hospital, Hastings. SUS-141027-122232001

Kerry Stevens attacked by a dog in Eastbourne.'Kerry is pictured at the Conquest Hospital, Hastings. SUS-141027-122232001

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A 42-year-old woman whose leg was savaged in a dog attack on Friday afternoon has spoken of her horrific ordeal.

Kerry Stevens said the moment the dog, a cross between a pit bull and an America bull dog, bit her on the thigh and refused to let go was one of the “most terrifying” of her life.

She is now recovering after two operations at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings and faces the prospect of having plastic surgery.

The drama unfolded at 4.10pm on Friday afternoon after Kerry went to a property in St Aubyn’s Road to deliver a parcel.

Kerry, who works in the newspaper sales department of the Eastbourne Herald and Gazette and Observer series, had been delivering a parcel after selling something on the Facebook site Buy, Swap, Sell Eastbourne.

“It was communal flats so I pushed the buzzer and got let in,” said Kerry.

“The woman I was dropping the package off to and her toddler came to the door. We were talking then her husband came to the door and started talking too when the dog pushed out of the doorway and launched at me and bit me several times before locking onto my thigh.

“The woman’s husband was punching the dog to release the jaws. She ran inside the flat with her toddler and locked the door leaving us out in the hallway. Eventually the dog let go, the man sat on it and called an ambulance.

“I crawled to the front door and he slid his phone across the floor do I could talk to the ambulance people outside in safety.

“It was the most terrifying experience of my entire life.”

Kerry said she wanted to thank everyone for their messages of support, staff at the Conquest and a woman who helped shelter her from the rain with her umbrella while she was in the street outside waiting for the ambulance.

“I was in such a state of shock, trauma and pain,” said Kerry. “It was horrible.”

Police and ambulance crews rushed to the scene and Kerry was rushed to hospital. A vet was called out and the animal was destroyed.

Police are now investigating.