DOG owners are being urged to take care to protect visitors to their property in a new campaign launched by a Sheffield councillor who had the tip of her finger bitten off last year.
Coun Diana Stimely, who represents Ecclesall, was canvassing in School Road, Crookes, when she was injured last May. Now she has set up a website giving advice to dog owners.
The move is timely, in the wake of the tragedy of Wigan teenager Jade Anderson, who was mauled to death on Tuesday by a pack of ‘aggressive and out of control’ dogs.
Coun Stimely revealed she still needs further treatment for her injuries.
She said: “Nearly a year ago a dog bit off the end of my forefinger on my right hand and since then I have had two operations and I am going to need a third.
“This has been a horrible experience and I want to make sure this never happens to anyone else, man, woman or child.
“So I have set up a website which is full of information both interesting and valuable to anyone who owns a dog.”
Coun Stimely’s advice includes putting up a notice to inform visitors a dog is living at the property, and a cage inside the letterbox.
She added: “I know most dogs think it’s a game when someone pushes something through the letterbox.
“Unfortunately though, that can lead to the loss of a finger.”
Fourteen-year-old Jade Anderson’s body was found on Tuesday with wounds consistent with a dog attack.
The schoolgirl was visiting a house in Chaucer Grove, Atherton, near Wigan, and was alone with the four dogs - two bullmastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers - when she died.
The dogs were later shot dead by police marksmen.
Coun Stimely’s website is at www.dogloverscampaign.wix.com/join-us.
People can also search for Dog Lovers’ Campaign on Facebook or visit www.twitter.com/CampaignDogLove