Woman horrifically savaged by raging dog

Lesley Davidson, dog attack victim, from Preston

Lesley Davidson, dog attack victim, from Preston

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An out of control dog savaged two women and left them with horrifying injuries after an unprovoked attack on Blackpool Promenade.

Friends Lesley Davidson and Shabna Akhtar, who are both deaf and work as residential support workers, were opposite The Sandcastle Water Park, in South Shore, when the dog ran towards them.

Lesley Davidson's leg

Lesley Davidson's leg

Ms Davidson, 54, who is now recovering in Royal Preston Hospital, was dragged to the ground by the animal when it ferociously bit into her leg before turning on Miss Akhtar, 27, when she attempted to assist her friend.

Ms Davidson, who lives in Preston, said she and Miss Akhtar, from Blackburn, have been badly affected by attack on July 8.

She said: “The whole thing happened so fast, it was unbelievable. As we were walking and signing to one another, I saw the dog out of the corner of my eye. Then all of a sudden it came running towards us.

“To go through anything like this is terrifying especially as it happened so fast, there was no chance to defend ourselves or to absorb what was happening.

“If I was a child, I would be dead. When I looked at my leg and pulled up my jeans, I felt great pain and realised it was more serious.”

The dog has been described as a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Pit Bull.

It has very dark brown or black fur with a white stripe on its head leading from its nose. It was wearing a harness at the time but was not on its lead and police believe it belongs to a man who was fishing nearby with a friend.

It is alleged neither of the men stopped to assist the helpless women, instead choosing to put the dog on its lead before running off towards the Pleasure Beach.

Ms Davidson added: “Three men walking by came over and helped. They were fantastic.

“We like to thank them for supporting us and the guy for calling the ambulance.

“My leg was badly bitten. I had to have two operations, one if them being a skin graft. I do not know how long it will be before I will be mobile again and completely healed.

“I also do not know how long I will be in hospital for, I been here since July 9. We both have to take time off work bearing in mind we do not get paid for being off.

“To go through anything like this is terrifying.”

A picture of Ms Davidson’s injuries, provided by police, is too graphic to publish. Det Insp Kev Simmons, of Lancashire Police, said: “Both ladies will be scarred for life as a result of the injuries they received and we are determined to trace the people responsible for this animal.”

The man believed to be the owner is described as white, in his early 30s, of medium build, about 6ft tall with short dark hair and wearing a dark jacket with dark jeans.

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