Man injured by Rottweiler dog in savage attack

Gabriel Farrell from Hastings who was attacked and bitten by a dog while out walking
Gabriel Farrell from Hastings who was attacked and bitten by a dog while out walking

A PENSIONER was savagely attacked by a dog while out walking.

Gabriel Farrell, 75, who lives off Filsham Road, St Leonards, sustained two puncture wounds to his left arm and a graze to his leg after the dog, believed to be a Rottweiler, lunged at him along the footpath between Collinswood Drive and Collinstone Road.

He said: “I was pretty shaken up over what happened. The dog was not on a lead when it should have been in the first place.

“I sometimes take my eight-year-old grandson to the beach when he visits, walking along the same route. It could have been far more serious if he had been with me when the dog attacked.

“It came around the corner and grabbed my arm. The owner came running up but by then it was too late. I shouted at her, saying it was out of order having her dog off a lead.

“My arm was bleeding and the woman offered to walk me home. But I was so furious and I also didn’t want the dog walking beside me.”

Mr Farrell later went to A&E at the Conquest Hospital following the dog attack, which happened on Wednesday, September 4 at around 9.45am. He received treatment for the bites, was given a tetanus injection and penicillin. The nurse who tended to him rang the police to report the attack.

Mr Farrell had to return to the Conquest two days later for more treatment.

Jennifer Nuttall, spokeswoman for Sussex Police, said: “We are appealing for the owner of a dog who bit a man in St Leonards to come forward.

“A report was made at 1.20pm on September 4 that a 75-year-old man had been bitten on the arm by a Rottweiler looking dog in Collinswood Drive. He suffered puncture wounds to his arm. The victim said the dog was not on a lead and the owner approached him and apologised. She is described as in her 30s with long blonde hair. Anyone who saw what happened or knows the owner of the dog is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 538 of September 4 or email contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk.”