A BRAVE mother and daughter who were savagely attacked by dogs when they went to the rescue of a man being mauled have been honoured at Buckingham Palace.
Sharron Brooker, 53, and her daughter Claire Mosley, 22, were both badly bitten when they put danger aside to save a man they saw being attacked on the ground by two large dogs.
On Tuesday (October 8) at a special awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace the two women were presented with Royal Humane Society testimonials on vellum by Princess Alexandra, the society’s president.
The horror incident happened on the evening of July 22 last year in Marline Road, St Leonards.
The two women, who live in Carpenter Drive, St Leonards, were driving home when they saw a man, Nigel Waughman, being attacked.
They stopped the car and Sharron Brooker got out and rushed to his aid using herself as bait to lure the dogs away. In the meantime Claire Mosley reversed the car into a position as close as possible to the man and her mother.
However, by then the dogs had turned on her mother and she got out to help and was also attacked. Despite their own injuries though, both women carried out first aid using clothing to stop Mr Waughman bleeding until police and paramedics arrived.
Describing their actions at the palace Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “All three required hospital treatment. Mr Waughman has seriously limited mobility following the attack. Claire needed corrective surgery for tendon and nerve damage to her left hand and wrist.”
He added:“The action of these two women was incredibly brave. Dogs can be terrifying animals when they are on the attack and can maim or kill. However, Sharon and Claire did not hesitate to go to the rescue when they saw this attack happening. They richly deserve the award they have received.”
Spencer Brown, the owner of two dogs which attacked a total of 10 people was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to 10 counts of owning dogs which were dangerously out of control in a public place.
After the presentation the two women talked of their ordeal.
Sharron, a lorry driver and grandmother-of-three, feared her home would be repossessed earlier this year because she had not be able to work in the months after her attack, but eventually managed to negotiate with her mortgage company to save her house.
Sharron, who also does part-time work for a brain rehabilitation unit, said : “One of the dogs was an American Bulldog and the other was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
“Claire was driving when we saw the dogs in the road initially. They were just running about. Then we saw them attack a man who was walking along carrying a shopping bag. He ended up face down on the road and they were mauling him.
“I got out of the car and went over and started kicking and punching the dogs to drive them away and then began to get the man in to the safety of the car.
“However, the dogs then attacked me. At this point Claire got out to try and help me and she ended up being dragged down the street by the dogs.”
Claire said: “It was a terrifying experience. I couldn’t bring myself to go out of the house for more than four months after it.”
However, the incident has not put the family off dogs. Sharon has three dogs of her own – two Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross breeds and a German Shepherd cross breed.