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Hundreds attacked by dogs in South Yorkshire

Tony Sherborne and his dog 'Max' who were both attacked by two stray bull mastiff's while out walking in The Meadows area of Shirecliffe

Tony Sherborne and his dog 'Max' who were both attacked by two stray bull mastiff's while out walking in The Meadows area of Shirecliffe

More than 240 people needed hospital treatment after being attacked by dogs in South Yorkshire over the last year.

In Sheffield, 110 people were admitted after being injured by dogs from last February to this January.

The figure for the city is just one patient fewer than the rate for 2012-13.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre statistics show 48 people were bitten in Barnsley, with 45 needing treatment in Rotherham and 41 patients admitted to hospital with injuries caused by dogs in Doncaster.

The HSCIC said the number of bites was ‘particularly high’ among children.

Over the last two years, more than 45 patients aged 14 and under have been admitted to hospital in Sheffield following dog attacks.

Tony Sherborne, aged 72, from Shirecliffe in Sheffield, spent three days in hospital after he and his pet dog Max were savaged by two loose bull mastiffs last August.

He said the figures showed ‘far too many’ people were being attacked, adding : “As soon as walkers see another dog they should put theirs on a lead.”

Mr Sherborne was walking Max, a lhasa apso, near Longley Avenue West when the incident happened.

The pensioner’s wounds were so severe he needed 30 stitches to his head and 15 on his hands. Max also needed stitches.

Mr Sherborne said: “I wouldn’t say I’m completely recovered.

“Every time I go past the spot where it happened I think about it.

“I find myself looking over my shoulder.

“One hundred patients in Sheffield is a lot. It’s far too many, and they’re the ones that are recorded – some people don’t go to hospital.”

Next month, changes to the law come into force which make it an offence for a dog to be dangerously out of control in any place – including all private property.

A legal loophole meant owners previously escaped prosecution if attacks happened in the home.

In Numbers:

244 - Number of patients attacked by dogs in South Yorkshire from February 2013 to January 2014

110 - Patients admitted to hospital with dog bite injuries in Sheffield over the last year

47 - Patients aged 14 and under treated in Sheffield following dog attacks

6,740 - Number of admissions put down to dog bites nationally in the 12 months to January 2014

 

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