Woman left lying in road after brutal attack by two dogs
A WREXHAM woman, 56, was left with shocking injuries after she was attacked by two dogs while she was out for a walk on Sunday, July 24.
The police are appealing to the public for assistance to find a car that may have been driven by people with more information.
Two people who were on the scene of the incident drove off, despite saying they would come back and check on the woman’s condition.
Sarah Blaylock faced the possibility of plastic surgery as her injuries were similar to being mangled by a hedgecutter.
Two months after the attack, Ms Blaylock is still struggling to walk. Her wounds still require three times weekly dressings.
She claims she has “blocked out” the attack as it happened so quickly. Sarah was out walking with her Springer spaniel called Wilf, when she was attacked around 8.35pm. just as she had passed Rossett business park along a country lane.
She told NorthWalesLive: “It all happened so quickly. I imagine the woman screamed because the dogs had got loose and were running at me. Later, the police told me I shouldn’t have run, but that was my instinct, and looking back now, I wish I hadn’t.
“The dogs seemed to circle us. I stopped running when I saw one had pinned Wilf on his back. I hadn’t realised but the other had gone behind me. It attacked me but I can’t actually remember being bitten.”
Sarah was given the assurance that a man would return to see how she was doing as he ran to the scene to retrieve a pink phone that his partner had dropped. Instead, the pair allegedly hopped in their car with the dogs and took off, leaving Sarah bleeding in the road.
Sarah was able to stagger a short distance, before a car arrived and offered assistance. Both of them continued walking to Lavister as she was bleeding so heavily and she didn’t want to damage the Good Samaritan’s car.
There, she received assistance from the staff at the Nag’s Head Pub.
Mike, Sarah’s husband, drove her to the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Her friends were appalled with the attack. One woman wrote on Facebook: “You should have seen her leg. She looked like she had been mangled with a hedgecutter.”
Her family is still dealing with the aftermath. Sarah, a policy manager at Cheshire West and Chester Council, was given two weeks’ leave. She is now back at work at her home office. However, she has been forced to rest, leaving her unable to socialise, walk her dog and undertake many household chores.
“I was traumatised but I didn’t actually feel any pain at the time,” she said. “I think it affected Mike worse because he saw the injury and he’s had to deal with everything that came afterwards.
“The hospital A&E said they were the worst dog bites they had ever seen. I believe the deepest one occurred because the dog’s owner tore it off me while its jaws were still clamped on my leg.
“I’ve been told to take it easy, to allow the muscles and tendons time to heal. I’ve just begun making short trips in the car again but if I do too much, my leg swells up again.”
Police believe they have information on the dogs involved and are searching for a dark-colored Vauxhall Insignia estate driven by their owners. The dogs were both “Mastiff types,” one grey and the other brindle.
“They may be able to assist in the investigation,” said a spokesperson. “Equally we are keen for anyone who may know of similar dogs to come forward.
“The dogs were with a male and female. The female is described as about 5ft 5 with brown hair tied back, and the male is described as a similar height with dark hair. The pair walked off with the dogs before the male returned and picked up a pink phone.”
Anyone who can help the investigation is being urged to contact the police via 101 or via the NWP live webchat facility. The crime reference number is 22000533629.
Sarah hopes the appeal will help others avoid what she went through. “It’s ruined our summer but it could have been so much worse,” she said. “A centimetre or two to the left, or a little bit deeper, and the dog could have hit an artery and I would have bled out.
“I just hope the police are able to find the dogs and their owners. You hear that once a dog has a taste of blood, they will do it again, and I wouldn’t want anyone to suffer like I did.”
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