Appeal for information after elderly woman bitten by dog in East Dorset

Alert message sent 02/12/2020 15:17:00

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Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward after an elderly woman was bitten by a dog in East Dorset.

 At around 2pm on Monday 23 November 2020 a woman aged in her 70s was out walking with her granddaughter in a field near to Bottlebush Lane in Wimborne St Giles when she became aware of two women walking toward her with two dogs.

 One of the women was walking a large St Bernard dog that was ginger and white. As the victim passed this dog, it lunged and bit her in the hip area of her right side. 

 It is reported that the owner of the St Bernard attempted to get the dog away, which was on a lead, but she was unable to get it under control and fell over while trying to pull it away.

 The victim sustained a substantial bite wound that required hospital treatment.

 The owner of the St Bernard is described as white, aged in her 40s, approximately five feet three inches tall and of medium build with short light brown hair. 

 The second woman is described as white, approximately 40 years old and five feet eight inches tall, of medium build with thick blonde shoulder-length curly hair. She was walking a small dog with brown curly hair.

 Police Constable Jennie Sykes-Martin, of Dorset Police, said: “The victim was left with a nasty wound on her leg and therefore, I am keen to identify the owner of the St Bernard.

“I am appealing to anyone who may recognise the two women from the descriptions given to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200176172. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call Freephone 0800 555 111.
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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

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