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Police Probe After Dog Attack

Dog Attack


Police are seeking the owner of a dog who attacked a teenage girl, leaving her "scarred for life".

The incident happened in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, when a Rottweiler jumped up and bit Hayley Marchant, 18, on the arm. She was left with a number of bite marks, some of them severe.

Miss Marchant was walking along a footpath when she stood aside to allow the dog and his owner to pass. The Rottweiler was on a lead, but still managed to jump up and attack her.

"My arm's going to be scarred for life," she told The Comet newspaper. "If I had had a child with me it could have been a lot worse. I'm just grateful I put my arm up because the dog could have bitten my face instead."

Police are now looking for the dog's owner, who failed to stop following the incident.

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Katrina Elsey from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "This is an unfortunate case as this girl will be left scarred for life and the attack was no doubt a terrifying experience for her. It is just unfortunate that the owner of the dog has not yet come forward to face up to its responsibilities in allowing their dog to attack an incident passer by whilst still on the lead."