People walked on while I was savaged by dog

The victim's injuries
The victim's injuries
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A Chorley woman who was savaged by two dogs claims passers-by did nothing to help.

The woman, who is too afraid to be identified, has been left with three deep bite marks after one of the animals sunk its teeth into her right arm.

She was rushed to hospital after Friday’s attack and needed an emergency tetanus injection.

Speaking with the help of local councillor Hasina Khan, she said she was walking in an alleyway off Wright Street around 10am when the drama unfolded.

She recalled: “I saw the dogs make a beeline for me and I tried to get away, but they jumped up and knocked me over.

“One got its teeth into my arm, and I tried to hit the other with my handbag, but it grabbed it off me and tossed it to the side.”

She said the attack – which lasted a number of minutes – was witnessed by a string of passers-by who didn’t intervene.

“A man appeared and the dogs ran towards him,” she said.

“But he didn’t come over to ask what had happened or if I was okay, which really upset me. There were two eyewitnesses as well but they didn’t offer to help.”

It’s thought the animals were like bulldogs but this has not been confirmed.

She called 999 and was taken to Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital, where she was treated.

She now has to keep a bandage on the wound and clean it with salt water until it heals.

The mum-of-one, who was visiting friends in Chorley at the time of the attack, says nothing like this has happened to her before.

“I’m scared about leaving the house now,” she said. “But I’m trying to keep things normal for my daughter.

“I’ve walked past the spot where it happened and it all came back to me. I started crying.”

Coun Khan, who represents Chorley East on Chorley Borough Council, has been helping the woman.

She said: “She was injured and she doesn’t speak much English. She just panicked.

“I’ve spoken to women in the area and they say they don’t feel safe on Wright Street any more. They’re intimidated.”

The council is investigating the incident. It’s believed the dogs have been seized.