'The flesh was coming out of my arm': Dog attack victim left needing four-hour operation

"I was in so much pain, the fat and flesh was coming out of my arm, it was horrific."

Danielle Jones was left writhing in pain after a dog on a lead bit her arm and dragged her into the road
Danielle Jones was left writhing in pain after a dog on a lead bit her arm and dragged her into the road

A woman who was attacked by a dog in the Black Country has described the moment it tore chunks out of her arm.

Danielle Jones was left writhing in pain after a dog on a lead bit her arm and dragged her into the road in Coseley, Dudley.

Her right arm was left with a gaping hole in it which required surgery lasting four hours.

It happened on Rainbow Street on Sunday July 28 at around midday.

Danielle said she was lucky her young daughter wasn't with her

The 23-year-old described the dog as an Alsatian crossed with a Rottweiler and said that the owner's son was walking it at the time of the attack.

She said: "The dog up to my waist and I'm 5ft 5, so it was big.

"I was just walking down the street, it sniffed my my foot and then just went for me, it was like a wild animal.

"It bit my arm and dragged me into the road, I was screaming for the boy to pull it off me and he was trying.

"The owner came running out, grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and pulled it off and just said 'it needs putting down anyway', I didn't even get an apology or anything."

The stitches in Danielle's arm

She was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and stayed until Tuesday when she had her surgery - before being discharged later in the week.

Danielle said she feels lucky that she didn't have her 10-month-old daughter with her at the time.

She added: "I was in so much pain, the fat and flesh was coming out of my arm, it was horrific.

"I was taken to my mum by someone nearby, and she rang the ambulance and police, I was passing out and going white on her sofa.

Danielle said the dog attacked "like a wild animal"

"They had to repair my tricep muscle and it was millimetres from tearing a sensitive nerve, I'll also have physio on my shoulder and elbow because of the damage.

"I'm having nightmares about it and waking up in the night, I'm crossing the road now if I see other dogs on the street, I'm so lucky that my daughter wasn't with me.

"My family and friends are having to help me with my daughter and I even missed the first time she said 'mum' as I was in hospital, no mum wants to miss that."

The dog has since been put down by the owner and the police are investigating the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident can call West Midlands Police on 101, quoting incident reference number 20DY/178982R/19.

Attacks continue despite warning to owners

Dog attacks in the Black Country left multiple people – and animals – with life-changing injuries across the last year.

The RSPCA has said it's illegal for a dog to be out of control in a public place, yet attacks are still rife across the West Midlands and Staffordshire.

A woman was attacked by a American Bulldog in Wednesbury in May this year, and had to be taken to hospital with arm injuries.

The dog was later seized by police.

And in October last year a 12-year-old girl was left was horrific injuries after a German Shepherd type dog leapt at her and bit her mouth, tearing off her lip.

The attack happened in Park Village, Wolverhampton, and the girl had to have extensive plastic surgery to repair her injuries.

Ollie the King Charles spaniel was left needing 26 stitches

Even King Charles Spaniel Ollie was the victim of a vicious dog attack back in May last year, and needed 26 stitches.

His owner 73-year-old John Potter was walking his pup near his home in Finchfield, Wolverhampton, when he was knocked to the ground by two dogs, both on leads, being walked by a couple heading in the opposite direction.

The animals, one of which was wearing a muzzle, then attacked Ollie – and caused five big gashes in his back and stomach.

Mr Potter and his wife had to pay a vet bill of almost £2,500 as a result.

The RPSCA says it's illegal for a dog to be 'out of control' or to bite or attack someone, under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

A spokesman said: "Whether you own a large dog or a miniature breed, and however calm and friendly your dog is, the Dangerous Dogs Act still applies to you.

"The legislation also makes it an offence if a person is worried or afraid that a dog may bite them. So it's important to ensure that your dog is kept under control at all times and in all places.

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