Appeal for Dog Owners and Witness to Come Forward Following Serious Dog Attack

Police are appealing for the owners of a dog to come forward after a woman in her 30s was attacked by a grey and white Japanese Akita dog near the park area between Trunk Road and North Ormesby in Middlesbrough.

The incident occurred yesterday, Tuesday 26th February at 08:45am when the dog approached and attacked the victim.

As a result of the attack, the victim has sustained a chest wound and serious injuries to her face which will require surgery.

It is believed the dog was being walked by two men at the time of the attack who are described as being in their late teens. One of the men had dark hair and was wearing a dark tracksuit and the other man was wearing a light tracksuit.

Both men left with the dog prior to police arrival.

Detective Constable Andy Micklewright said: “This was a horrific and unprovoked attack where the victim has sustained serious injuries. 

“We would like to appeal for the two men who were with the dog to please come forward as they may be able to assist police with enquiries.

“I would also like to appeal to the male member of the public who assisted the victim and helped her during the attack as he could provide essential evidence for the investigation.

“Officers are currently patrolling the area and carrying out a number of enquiries in a bid to trace the dog and the two men.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident or anyone who may know who the dog belongs to is asked to contact DC Andy Micklewright on the non-emergency number 101 quoting event number 033275. Crimestoppers anonymously can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.