A teenage girl was subject to a terrifying dog attack in Alexandra Park while trying to stop two dogs fighting.
The 15-year-old suffered a bite to her calf during the incident.
She was walking her German shepherd dog with a couple of friends in the lower half of the park yesterday (Tuesday) at about 12.30pm.
The friends stopped by the play park to let a man with a bull mastiff dog walk past going in the direction of the cafe.
Both of the dogs started barking at each other. The girl tried to split the dogs apart but while doing so the mastiff bit her and she was pulled to the ground.
The mastiff did not release its grip until the man pulled his dog away. He then left the park by the gateway which leads out onto Bethune Way.
A park ranger helped the teenager after the incident. She was taken to hospital as a result of her injury and received stitches.
Mick Gregory, from Hastings Response Investigation Team, said: “The bite happened as a result of the girl trying to protect her own dog from being injured when they began fighting. Fortunately, though she is understandably shaken by her ordeal she is making a good recovery. I appeal to the moral conscience of the man with the mastiff to come to Hastings Police Station and talk to us. It maybe he doesn’t realise the level of injury the dog caused to the girl.”
The bull mastiff is described as being tan in colour with a thick leather collar. The man with the dog is described as having a slightly tanned complexion, aged about 40, tall and slim, with a black stubbly beard. He wore a black hooded top, grey jeans or jogging trousers and boots.
If anyone was in the park and witnessed this or know who the man is with the dog, call Sussex Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting serial 907 of 12/03 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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