Dog attacks man and pet in St Albans park

PUBLISHED: 11:10 02 August 2012

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A DOG and its owner are recovering after being attacked by a “pit bull-type” dog in Verulamium Park.

The attacking dog was not muzzled or on a lead at the time of the incident, which occurred between 5.15-5.30pm last Friday, July 27.

The victim – a 30-year-old man from St Albans – was walking his dog in the park when it was attacked. The victim was bitten on the hand as he and the man in possession of the offending animal tried to separate the two dogs.

The victim’s dog was also bitten however he did not take the contact details of the other man, and police are now appealing for witnesses.

PC Ben Smith, who is investigating the incident, said: “We believe the man who tried to help separate the dogs was not the owner of the offending dog but was in charge of the animal at the time.

“We would like to trace that man or anyone who saw what went on during the incident.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact PC Smith at St Albans Police Station by calling the police non-emergency number 101 and quoting crime reference F1/12/2449. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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