Sun, 11 Sept 2016
A MAN needed hospital treatment and others were bitten after an “out-of- control” dog reportedly went berserk in the street.
The incident left the main victim, Edward Marshall, with a broken finger and lacerations.
The 32-year-old software engineer said he has been in terrible pain and unable to work since the attack on Wednesday last week.
Mr Marshall, who lives with his pregnant wife, Elena, aged 31, said he was walking their pet Japanese Akita, called Yoshi, on a lead when terror struck not far from their Priory Road home, and close to John O’Gaunt School.
He said: “A dog, which appeared to be a Staffordshire bull terrier cross, came tearing out of a garden, on its own and out of control. It attacked Yoshi.”
Mrs Marshall said the terrier got a “death grip” on their muzzled pet, which was also treated for severe lacerations.
But when her husband tried to intervene, the other dog reportedly attacked him.
The couple say neighbours, hearing the yelps of Yoshi, ran to help and Mrs Marshall said two others were bitten in the incident.
Mr Marshall said: “People were kicking and punching this dog because it just wouldn’t let go. It was terrifying. What if it had been a child instead of our dog being attacked?”
Mr Marshall said he was treated for bites to his hands and arm, plus a broken finger, at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire.
Yoshi needed emergency treatment by a vet, leaving the Marshalls with an £800 bill, they said.
The couple said they immediately reported the matter to police.
During a meeting of Hungerford Town Council on Monday night, Pcso Kelsey Johnstone referred to the incident and said: “We have been made aware of the concerns of local residents. Our enquiries are ongoing.
“The matter is being looked into.”
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police, James Williams, said: “A 32-year-old man was bitten by a dog. The victim sustained a bite to his right forearm and left thumb, and a broken finger on his right hand. No arrests have been made at this time.
“We would appeal to anyone who has information about the incident to please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”
Alternatively, the independent Crimestoppers charity can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.