Newhaven woman tells of terrifying dog attack

A woman who was attacked by a pitbull style dog in a Newhaven park has spoken out.

The victim, who wanted to remain anonymous, told how the attack by the dog had happened so fast, she barely had time to be scared.

It was only afterwards that the shock of what had happened really set in.

She said the attack left her too frightened to walk in Lewes Road Recreation Ground with her dog and is walking the dog elsewhere, but even then feels nervous.

The woman said: “I keep seeing this image of the dog running towards me, especially when I am out walking my dog.

“I’m really nervous that something is going to come out running towards us.”

Sussex Police said the woman required hospital treatment for puncture wounds to her arm following the attack.

Her dog was also injured by the pitbull style dog.

The woman was walking her dog at around 5.50pm on Sunday, October 6, when they were attacked by a dog described as ginger/brown in colour with a smooth coat and looking like a pitbull breed.

Police want to speak to two women who were with the dog. One is described as white, 5ft 5ins, in her 20s and of large build.

She had shoulder length bleach blonde hair and spoke with a southern accent.

The second woman was pushing a buggy with a child in it. She is also white, around 5ft 7ins, in her late teens, of average build and with shoulder length straightened brown hair.

PC Justin Denney, from Newhaven police, said: “One of the women with the offending dog put a muzzle on it, but refused to provide any details.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Sussex Police on the non emergency number 101 quoting serial 1205 of 06/10.