Page last updated at 16:09 GMT, Thursday, 4 June 2009 17:09 UK

Woman devastated over dog attack

Carol Cameron
Mrs Cameron tried to get the dog off her arm by biting it

A woman who needed 65 stitches after a dog attack in Berkshire has said she is devastated she had to identify the animal, which may have to be put down.

Carol Cameron was walking her one-year-old schnauzer dog, Jasper, in Lily Hill Park, Bracknell, when another dog set upon them last month.

Mrs Cameron, 50, bit the animal after it clamped its teeth on to her arm.

She says she wants the animal destroyed in case it harms others, but it was "heartbreaking" having to identify it.

The grandmother-of-two spent four days in hospital after the attack.

Police said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was to make a ruling about the dog on Friday.

A police spokeswoman said the owner had been interviewed and did not want the animal destroyed.

I managed to put my body in between the two [dogs] and launched my dog into a rhododendron bush to save him
Carol Cameron

Mrs Cameron, who also lost a tooth in the attack, had to identify the animal in the back of a police van: "I just cried, I've had dogs all my life.

"It was heartbreaking."

Describing the attack, she said: "A rather large brown dog came into my view and started coming for my dog.

"It looked like it was going to eat him.

"I picked him up but the big dog tried to drag him out of my arms by biting at him.

"I managed to put my body in between the two and launched my dog into a rhododendron bush to save him.

"Then the other dog went low and sized me up.

'Bit the dog'

"I raised my arm up to protect my face and he grabbed my hand and wrist. I thought he was going to kill me.

"Something snapped in my head and I thought, 'I'm not going down without a fight'.

"I bit the dog... I bit the back of his neck - he didn't even flinch."

The dog only released his grip when another dog walker saw what was going on.

When Mrs Cameron came out of hospital after four days of treatment she found out the animal had been returned to its owner.

She said she could not understand why she had to identify the animal because it had been covered in her blood when a dog warden collected it after the attack.



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