Musician mother mauled by dogs

PUBLISHED: 11:13 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:30 25 August 2010

A MOTHER has been hospitalised by two dogs that knocked her down and mauled her in front of her baby.

A MOTHER has been hospitalised by two dogs that knocked her down and mauled her in front of her baby. Musician Mary Duella, 35, from Plumstead, is in hospital waiting for a skin graft after two dogs knocked her down in Roydene Road, Plumstead, and savagely mauled her arm and leg.

The attack on Saturday, September 27, left the victim screaming on the ground next to her 19-month-old son's toppled pram, yet the owner of the dogs did nothing to help her. Ms Duella told the Evening Standard: "I had one attached to my arm, another to my leg and I had all these things going through my mind. The first was my baby - as long as they were on me they couldn't attack him.

"Mercifully, he was asleep and wasn't making any noise."

The concert pianist had to wait for the unleashed large dogs to be pulled off by a tall, slim, light-skinned man wearing a black hoodie, thought to be in his 20s.

She could not be sure what kind of dogs attacked her but saw their owner calmly walk off towards Erindale Terrace.

The victim said: "If it had been the baby he would have been killed. I truly believe that the law should be a lot tougher and if anyone is even caught with one of these dogs not on a leash they should be prosecuted." Police said there were no witnesses to the incident, but neighbours who heard Ms Duella's screams and tried to stop the man as he walked off but were ignored. Superintendent Brian Cherek said: "This was a shocking attack which is currently being investigated by the Glyndon Safer Neighbourhoods team.

"Officers are patrolling the area and conducting door-to-door enquiries. We would like to urge the owner to come forward and contact the police as soon as possible."

The owner of the dogs could possibly face anything from a fine to prison, while if found, the dogs would be likely to be destroyed by court order.

If you have any information, call Sergeant Dave Hall on 020 8721 2638, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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