A Sheffield woman needed surgery after her neighbour’s Japanese Akita attacked her in her own garden.
Eileen Loosemore, aged 48, was returning home after taking her own dog for a walk when she was attacked.
The care worker, who was bitten on her hand, leg and buttock, also suffered a sprained ankle as she attempted to fend her neighbour’s dog off.
She spent two days in hospital and is unable to work until her injuries heal.
She developed cellulitis on her hand when her wound became infected.
Mrs Loosemore claims police officers alerted to the attack told her neighbour that the Akita should be put down, but it’s owner has not yet arranged for it to be destroyed.
She said she believes the police should have seized the dog at the scene.
Mrs Loosemore, of Atherton Road, Arbourthorne, I was at my front door, had just put the key in the lock and was just about to go into my house when the Akita came from nowhere and started biting me.
“It also bit my dog but I was the one who got it the most.
“The attack just came from nowhere, which is frightening.”
She said she fears the dog could bite again if it is not destroyed.
“Until it is put down I am going to be frightened of taking my own dog for a walk because who knows what it is capable of,” she said.
“The owner came to see me after the police had been to say she can’t afford for the dog to be put down, so I think the police should seize it before it does the same thing again to someone.”
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Her son James Daine, 22, said: “My mum is on a zero hour contract so if she doesn’t work she doesn’t get paid, so through no fault of her own just before Christmas she won’t have any money coming in, which is not fair.
“I don’t like to think that the dog is still a few doors away and want to know why the police didn’t take it away with them when they came to the house and saw my mum’s injuries.”
A police probe into the incident is under way.
Officers have interviewed Mrs Loosemore about her ordeal.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.