A former mayoress of Wyre is recovering after being bitten by a dog as she tried to protect her own pet.
Lynn Sharples, who was mayoress when her husband David was mayor of Wyre in 2001, was injured as she walked back from buying a paper to her home in Boyes Avenue, Catterall.
Their 11-year-old Patterdale cross terrier Katy also suffered injuries.
Lynn said she had been warned to take care as she walked along as there had been concerns about the behaviour of some dogs.
She said she had taken the precaution of walking on the far side of the road, but when someone opened a gate and let two dogs out, she was in the line of attack from a spaniel.
She said: ”The spaniel shot across the road straight after my dog. I shouted ‘get that dog under control’.... It was coming for Katy and it started barking.
“He came for our dog and came back three times. I had some cut off trousers on and the dog caught the edge of my leg. It then got hold of Katy’s tail and wouldn’t let go.”
The couple say the incident, a month ago, left their pet with four injuries,including a bitten tail.
Lynn says she was unable to fight the dog off because she is recovering from a fractured knee and was nervous of being knocked over.
She added: “I’ve had antibiotics and a tetanus (injection)- there’s still a bit of a scar. It shook me up and it shook Katy up.”
David added: “We’ve got to do something about it. It could have been a child. It could have been an older person.”
The couple have reported the incident to the police and council. A spokeswoman for Wyre Council said: “Wyre are working with the police to resolve this.”