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Appeal following dog bite incident in Gosport.

Press release   •   Feb 12, 2019 10:56 GMT

We are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was left with a serious injury to his thumb following a dog bite incident in Gosport.

It took place in the Heron Way area at around 10:40pm on Saturday 2 February.

The 51 year-old victim and his son were walking their dog close to the garages at the end of Heron Way when another dog ran up to them. The animal, which may have been a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, attacked the victims dog. As the victim separated the two dogs his thumb was bitten, and almost severed, by the unknown dog.

A man then arrived from the same direction as the dog and took the animal away.

The victim required hospital treatment and a subsequent operation on his thumb.

We would like to speak to the man who took the dog away. He is described as:

  • White.
  • Aged in his mid-50's.
  • He was around 6 ft tall.
  • Slim build.
  • He had slightly receding, very short grey hair and grey stubble.
  • When he walked away, he headed towards Brookers Lane.
  • The dog looked like it had the face of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, it was a mid-grey colour, and had a bit of grey on its muzzle. It was a lot bigger than the average Staffordshire Bull Terrier, making it a medium-sized dog.

PC Jonathan Needham said: “Do you recognise the descriptions of the man and dog involved? Were you in the area at the time?

“Gosport is usually a safe place for dog owners to walk their pets. We’re keen to hear from anyone who can help us, so that we can establish the details of what happened from all of the parties involved”.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting44190040549.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.