A woman has been left in agony and unable to visit her father in hospital after a small dog sunk its teeth into her leg while walking on an Edinburgh golf course.
Julie Allan was walking by herself at the top of Carrick Knowe Golf Course on Monday, May 9, a walk that she had become familiar with during the pandemic, when a young girl walking a ‘shortened Corgi’ approached them.
She says the little dog ran up to her on an extendable lead and sunk its teeth into her leg – drawing blood in an unprovoked attack.
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Julie told how the young girl, who did not own the dog, called the owner at their nearby home – only for them to show up but refuse to accept any blame or exchange details.
Julie, a 58-year-old professor of education, said that the whole ordeal has had a big effect on her, as she was previously a fan of dogs and enjoyed walking that particular route.
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She has now reported the incident to the police, having developed an infection from the nasty-looking bite.
Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Julie said: “I was coming towards the golf club at the top end and the dog and the walker were coming in the opposite direction. The dog was on a long lead, one of the extended ones. About ten metres away from the walker, I walked past and the dog ran over to me and bit me on the leg.
“The girl said she was 15-year-old and when I challenged her she said it wasn’t her dog. She called the owner and refused to give me details.
“The daughter of the owners came out of her house and came down to speak to me. She was trying to say that I had approached the dog, which absolutely wasn’t true. They said I caused the dog to bite me.
“They still refused to give me the details. I eventually just walked off, but I was upset.”
Julie shared a picture of the bite, along with a message warning others. She also went to the minor injuries department where the doctor there said the bite looked particularly nasty.
Julie continued: “I was given antibiotics but I did develop some infection. I decided to report it to the police and was very impressed with the speed at which they responded.
“It really phased me. I love dogs and continue to love dogs, but I do now feel more wary. I really appreciated walking on the golf course, the golfers seemed happy enough to have walkers there so it was a real shock to encounter this vicious brute of a thing.
“I do feel more wary and my biggest concern is that a child could be attacked.”
Julie added that the dog resembled a Corgi, although she did not know the exact breed. It was, however, a similar height and colour to the breed.
She also reminded dog owners to be more careful and pointed out that the lead in which the dog was attached to, can be liable for such incidents to happen, as owners are not always full in control if their dog is around ten metres ahead of them.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers received a report of a person being bitten by a dog on Glendevon Park, Edinburgh at around 4.30pm on Monday, 9 May, 2022.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”