Dog attack: Appeal after elderly woman, 82, bitten by dog that savaged her Yorkshire terrier near Sheffield

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The elderly woman’s dog had to be put to sleep after being attacked by the stray dog.

Officers have appealed for witnesses and information following an elderly woman being bitten by a stray dog near Sheffield.

On Saturday, May 11, between 3.30pm and 4pm, an 82-year-old woman was walking her dog, a Yorkshire terrier on Manor Road, in the village of Wales, in Rother Valley, when she was approached and bitten by a stray dog.

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The woman was walking in the direction of Low Laithe Farm on a public footpath that heads towards the M1 when two stray dogs came through the gate on the footpath.

South Yorkshire Police is appealing for information or witnesses following a dog attack that saw an elderly woman receive hospital treatment, and her pet put to sleep due to injuries. South Yorkshire Police is appealing for information or witnesses following a dog attack that saw an elderly woman receive hospital treatment, and her pet put to sleep due to injuries.
South Yorkshire Police is appealing for information or witnesses following a dog attack that saw an elderly woman receive hospital treatment, and her pet put to sleep due to injuries. | Google/submitted

One of the dogs, described as a chubby white Jack Russell terrier, attacked the woman’s dog, causing it serious injuries. As the elderly lady attempted to protect her dog, the Jack Russell terrier bit her on the arm.

The other stray dog is believed to have been a large terrier breed.

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Sadly, the victim’s dog had to be put to sleep due to the seriousness of its injuries. The woman was also taken to hospital to receive treatment for a dog bite.

South Yorkshire Police is now appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or can help in identifying the owner and dogs involved.

If you can help, you can contact the police on 101 or via their website, quoting incident number 767 of May 11 2024 when you get in touch.

Alternatively you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously via freephone 0800 555 111, or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.