Cyclist is left with potentially life-changing leg injuries after being attacked by a bullmastiff-type dog
- A woman in her 40s was left with a serious leg injury after a dog bit her on May 5
- A man allegedly accused the woman of nearly cycling into his child, police said
- It was claimed the man then hit his dog on the head, causing it to bite the cyclist
- Dog latched on to her leg for several minutes before she managed to break free
A cyclist has been left with potentially life-changing leg injuries after being bitten by a bullmastiff-type dog in Lancaster.
The victim, a woman in her 40s, was rushed to hospital with a serious leg injury after the dog latched on to her for several minutes before she managed to break free.
Police are appealing for information on a man who allegedly accused the woman of nearly cycling into his child, before hitting his dog on the head, leading it to bite the victim.
Officers were called to the scene near Millennium Bridge at around 4.20pm on May 5 by paramedics, who were treating the woman for her wounds.
A cyclist, a woman in her 40s, was rushed to hospital with a serious leg injury after a dog bit her after she was riding on a cycle track near Millennium Bridge (pictured)
The victim and her friend were riding on a cycle track behind the Priory Church when they were forced to brake to avoid a woman and child, according to Lancashire Police.
They were then said to be approached by a man with two brown Staffordshire bull terrier or bullmastiff-type dogs, who accused them of almost knocking into his child.
He allegedly slapped one of his dogs on the head, causing it to bite the victim on her upper leg, where it stayed attached to her for a few minutes.
The victim, from Morecambe, was rushed to Royal Lancaster Infirmary with a serious leg injury and has since been discharged.
No arrest has been made but police are appealing for information in an attempt to identify the dog walker, believed to be in his early 30s.
The man is described as white, 5ft 9in to 5ft 10in and of a slim build, with brown short back and sides hair. He was not wearing a top at the time of the incident.
A man allegedly accused the woman of nearly cycling into his child, before hitting his dog on the head, leading it to bite the victim. Pictured: The cycle track near Millennium Bridge
PC Richard Hannaford, of Morecambe Police, said: ‘This incident has left the victim with a very serious injury.
‘As part of our ongoing inquiries we need to identify and speak to the man who was walking the dogs.
‘I would urge anybody who knows who he is – or the man himself – to contact the police as soon as possible.
‘Similarly, I would ask any witnesses or anybody with CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage which could assist our investigation to please get in touch.’
Anyone with information is urged to get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting log 0917 of May 5.