Four people in hospital after they're 'bitten by two bulldogs which attacked husky on beach'
Marie Hay claims two dogs jumped on her Siberian Husky Naevia during a trip to the beach at Redcar on Sunday.
Four people have been taken to hospital after they were allegedly bitten by two bulldogs which are said to have attacked a husky on a beach.
Marie Hay claimed two dogs jumped on her Siberian Husky Naevia during a trip with her two daughters to the beach at Redcar on Sunday.
The mum-of-three, from Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, said the incident lasted for around 10 minutes, with a group of people getting injured after trying to help pin the dogs to the floor.
Marie and her 20-year-old daughter Jessica had to be treated for their bite wounds, with the latter needing antibiotics and a tetanus injection.
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Cleveland Police confirmed three women and one man were taken to hospital to be treated for injuries, primarily affecting their hands.
They added that counter-claims had been made by the other dogs' owner.
The incident is believed to have happened shortly before 3pm when a couple and their two young children arrived on the beach with two "bulldog style" dogs.
As the dogs, who Marie said weren't wearing any collars or harnesses, approached Naevia, she said their owner called out to her that they were "friendly" – just moments before one of them was said to have launched at her.
Describing the alleged attack, Marie said: "[The] dog came over and sniffed my dog and then done a little scuffle and made a noise and then just jumped on her and bit her face and wouldn't let go.
“So [the owner] came running over to try and get the dog, but his dogs had no collars or leads on, they didn't have harnesses or leads, nothing at all. So there was no way of grabbing them to get them off."
The second dog was then said to have run over and jumped on the family pet as members of the public rushed to help.
Marie added: "Them dogs kept coming and coming and coming and what they've done is they've punctured her skin and pulled it that much that it's almost like an autopsy."
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Naevia has been left with injuries which could be life-changing and is in the care of specialist vets who have said the next week will be key for her.
Marie is facing a hefty vet bill in order to get her dog the treatment she needs which is expected to cost around £14,000 – with her insurance only covering £4,000. She has now launched a GoFundMe page.
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: "Officers attended the scene and took initial details including a counter allegation from the bulldogs’ owner.
“It’s understood at least one dog received veterinary treatment and a man and three women attended hospital for treatment - primarily for hand injuries."
They have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.