Thursday, May 18, 2017
BURTON ENGLAND - AN AMERICAN PIT BULL TYPE DOG ATTACKED A WOMAN AND SHE JUMPED INTO A CANAL AND SWAM TO A BOAT TO ESCAPE...THE PIT FOLLOWED HER ONTO THE BOAT AND CONTINUED THE ATTACK!!!
A Burton man who heroically wrestled a dangerous dog off a young woman who was being savagely attacked has described the moment he grabbed the PIT BULL TYPE DOG.
Steve James, 57, who lives in a horse box on Third Avenue, in Burton, was watching the football – West Bromwich versus Chelsea - on Friday night, May 12, when he heard a panicked knock.
The person was asking what the address was, so they could call an ambulance to help out a 27-year-old woman. The woman had been walking along the nearby Trent and Mersey canal when she was mauled by a large dog, described as an American pit bull type animal.
She had jumped into the water, and swam about 100 metres before gripping on to the side of a narrowboat. The owner of the boat then came out and pulled the woman on board, but then the dog got on board the boat as well.
The owner managed to get the dangerous dog inside the boat, and placed a weight in front of the door while the woman tried to escape.
However the dog managed to break free, and again attacked the woman, who by this time was standing on the towpath by the side of the canal.
It was then that Mr James arrived, and found the woman trying to keep the dog at arm's length. She had suffered severe lacerations to her legs, arms and ribs, so that the bones on her shin were exposed.
Mr James, an Aston Villa fan said: "I grabbed a lead from my van, and I said to her on the count of three, let go of the dog. So when it got to three, I put the lead over his neck.
"By this time, the ambulance had arrived, and so she went to the ambulance. She was in there for a good hour before she went to hospital, because they had to clean all of the wounds.
"I managed to calm the dog down a bit, and walked it up to near where the ambulance was, and tied it up.
"I have always had big dogs myself so I knew what to do, but that dog was going to kill her, no doubt about it."
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, which attended the scene, said: "We received reports of a woman being attacked by a dog. The caller said the patient had jumped in to the canal to get away from the dog.
"A 27-year-old woman received injuries to her arm, and possible rib injuries.
"A single ambulance attended, and she was taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital."
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "We were called to a canal boat by Waterside Court (near Third Avenue) around 9.25pm on Friday, May 12 by colleagues from the ambulance service.
"A woman had been bitten by HER DOG. She was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with arm and leg injuries and received treatment.
"The dog was seized for assessment of breed type. Inquiries are ongoing."