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Attack victim demands Rottweiler be put down

PUBLISHED: 14:16 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 25 August 2010

WOUND: More than 40 stitches were needed after the attack.

WOUND: More than 40 stitches were needed after the attack.

A WOMAN has demanded a Rottweiler be put down after it attacked her leaving her with more than 40 stitches.

A WOMAN has demanded a Rottweiler be put down after it attacked her leaving her with more than 40 stitches.

Debby Schofield, 43, from Erith, was walking home from a shopping trip when the dog ripped chunks of flesh from her left arm earlier this month.

As exclusively revealed in last week's Times Erith and Thamesmead Labour parliamentary candidate Teresa Pearce was bitten by the same dog, moments after.

Ms Schofield said: "It clamped its jaw around my left arm, I was absolutely petrified. I've never been so petrified in all my life.

"I had my left arm up towards my face otherwise it would have had my face off. I would have been no match for the dog.

"Normally I stroke a dog but this dog was menacing so I started to walk around it and it looked at me and then went for my arm.

"Chucks of flesh the size of two apples were hanging from my arm.

"It's going to kill a child before it's put down. It's disgraceful. The least that should have been done is that it should have been put into captivity.

"I want the dog put down. I never thought I would hear myself say that about any animal but I will fight until that thing is put down."

A neighbour witnessed the attack on Ms Schofield on April 8, in Bexley Road, Erith at about 11.30am.

Wishing to remain anonymous, she said: "Until it rips a child's face off then they'll say we're so sorry. We're not on a hate campaign for the dog but I don't know what it can do.

"If it would have bitten my two year old son he wouldn't have had a face the way the way it attacked the woman, the attack scared the life out of me."

Police went to Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup with Ms Schofield and took a statement but she has still not heard anything back from investigating officers

Ms Pearce told the Times she was due to speak to the police about the incident yesterday (21).

Police confirmed a man had been reported to Bexley Magistrates Court for the offence of having a dangerously out of control dog in a public place. A summons has yet to be issued.

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