Sheffield victim campaigns to stop dog bites

Councillor Diana Stimely, of Norton, who had the top of a finger bitten off by a dog while delivering LibDem election material.
Councillor Diana Stimely, of Norton, who had the top of a finger bitten off by a dog while delivering LibDem election material.
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A COUNCILLOR who lost the tip of her finger when it was bitten off by a dog is looking for help in her campaign for safer dog ownership.

Diana Stimely, Lib Dem member for Ecclesall ward on Sheffield Council, was one of 500 people hospitalised in South Yorkshire over the last two years after being attacked by a dog.

The 72-year-old was bitten when she put her hand through a letter box in April while delivering leaflets before the council elections.

She was one of three politicians who suffered dog injuries on the campaign trail.

Coun Stimely, of Graves Park, is now launching a campaign urging dog owners to take simple measures to prevent people being bitten.

She says installing safeguards such as cages behind doors, signs warning of dogs and external letter boxes will prevent a recurrence of her own experiences.

And she is looking for Sheffield manufacturing firms to make the equipment.

Coun Stimely said: “In April a dog took off the end of my index finger. Was it painful? Yes. Is it still painful? Yes.

“Was this incident necessary? No.”

A self-proclaimed dog lover, Coun Stimely said she does not blame pets for the rising number of serious injuries.

Instead, she is urging dog owners to take responsibility for their pets.

She added: “I am having trouble contacting firms to manufacture items to ensure nothing terrible happens on doorsteps.”

n Interested firms should contact Coun Stimely directly by emailing dstimely@btinternet.com on calling 0114 2556179.