A helicopter and armed police have successfully tracked down a vicious dog which left a 22-year-old woman in Lincoln with what serious injuries.
Armed police and a helicopter were deployed to search for the dog after the attack on Sunday.Residents in part of Lincoln were warned to stay in their homes during the night-time search for the animal. Police confirmed that the woman was not the dog’s owner, and her admittance to hospital at 10.30pm last night sparked a huge search to track down the animal. The dog, believed to be an American pit bull, was found in the early hours. It is now in kennels.
A 33-year-old man, the dog’s owner, has been arrested on suspicion of having a dangerous dog out of control in a public place and will be questioned later. Inspector Michelle McIlroy said,” The police were alerted by paramedics to a violent attack by a dog. They searched an area near an old quarry off Outer Circle Road on the outskirts of the city. The area where the dog was thought to be was “contained” by police.
Officers on the ground worked with the force helicopter in the hunt. The injured woman was taken to Lincoln County Hospital and will undergo surgery later. McIlroy said, “She has suffered quite devastating injuries. They are not described as life-threatening, but certainly life-changing.” Tests are being carried out on the dog to confirm the breed, police said.
Last month, 11-month-old Ava Jayne Marie Corless was mauled to death by a dog believed to be of that species while in bed at a house in Emily Street, Blackburn, Lancashire. In last November four-year-old Lexi Branson was mauled to death by a pet dog. Lexi was attacked at a flat in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire.
In June 2013, a five-year-old boy was taken to hospital after being mauled by a dog at his primary school in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Clifford Clarke, 79, was killed in a dog attack in his garden in Liverpool last May. The retired hospital porter suffered fatal injuries after being mauled by a bull mastiff-cross that was reported to have found a way into Clarke’s garden from a neighbouring house. The dog was shot dead by armed officers and two women from the area, aged 27 and 28, were arrested and bailed on suspicion of manslaughter.
Two months earlier, Jade Anderson, 14, was mauled to death by four dogs while visiting her friend near Wigan. The girl was discovered by armed police at a friend’s house in Chaucer Grove, Atherton. The animals, who were not on the list of breeds banned by the Dangerous Dogs Act, were put down after the incident. The owner of the animals, Beverley Concannon, 45, was given a suspended 16-week sentence at Wigan magistrates court for animal cruelty.