'Distressed' woman knocked to floor as 'big' dog leaps on her

Jubilee Park in Huyton
Jubilee Park in Huyton -Credit:Liverpool Echo

A woman was knocked to the floor after a "stocky" dog jumped on her in a park.

The dog was seen running loose with another dog in Jubilee Park, Huyton, when the incident happened. The woman, who was reportedly out walking with her own dog, fell over when one of the dogs jumped on her, causing a "minor facial injury". She was said to be "distressed" by what happened.

Neighbours on Lincombe Road, on the north side of Jubilee Park, said they saw several police vehicles arrive on the road shortly after 3pm to deal with the incident.

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Witnesses saw the two dogs, which were described as "big and stocky", running down Lincombe Road away from the park. They were allegedly unmuzzled and did not have leads on.

On Facebook, one neighbour said he saw the victim "get into a garden for safety".

Another said he saw the dogs' owner come to retrieve the dogs, and he "gave her a lead to put on one of them". Once the dogs were caught and put on leads, police officers on the scene gave their owner advice about how to handle them safely in future.

Talking to the ECHO, one woman, who was in the children's play area of Jubilee Park with her daughter shortly after the incident occurred, said in recent months, she has seen more and more dogs in the park due to the "green space where dog walkers used to go being closed down", forcing them to go to Jubilee Park.

She said: "It would be nice to have a kids only park, where kids could play - people did used to have more choice."

A statement from Merseyside Police said: "We were called to Jubilee Park in Huyton at around 3.20pm to reports of two dogs on the loose.

"One of the dogs reportedly jumped up at a woman in the park, causing distress and a minor facial injury sustained when she fell.

"Dog patrols attended at the park and ensured that the dogs were put on leads, and advice was given to the owner.

"If you witnessed this incident, contact @MerPolCC with reference 546."

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