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Parents warned to be vigilant after dog attacks woman near The Rye
A FLIGHT attendant has spoken of her terror after a stray dog ripped a chunk out of her leg on the driveway of her home near The Rye.
Now she is warning parents using the popular park in High Wycombe to be aware of the animal for fear of it attacking a child.
Dressed in her pyjamas, Chelsea Taylor, 21, said she exited her Bassetsbury Lane flat to help what she thought was a lost dog on her driveway at around 1.45pm on September 19.
But the dog, believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, turned on her, went "into a frenzy", pulled a trainer off her foot and sunk its teeth into her calf which left her with this horrifying injury.
She said: "It was very frightening, it bit my calf - exposing the muscle.
"I didn’t think I was going to get away, I thought I was going to fall over and the dog would continue attacking me. The pain was excruciating - I don’t know how I ran away."
The flight attendant spent three days in Stoke Mandeville Hospital and will be scarred for life but will not require plastic surgery.
But the 21-year-old has come forward to warn parents taking their children to the popular High Wycombe park to be vigilant.
She said: "I’m worried because if a child were to be attacked by that dog, I honestly don’t know how they would get away so it was just to warn parents and other residents to keep their eyes open for it."
Miss Taylor said the dog had a predominantly white body with brown patches on its back.
It was wearing an 'old-looking' black collar with a silver buckle, she added.
She believes it was a stray but hopes if the dog does have an owner they will get in touch with her to apologise.
Wycombe District Council told the BFP it had not received any reports of stray dogs in the area but police had been made aware of the incident.
Joyce Marriott, Chairman of Stokenchurch Dog Rescue, has issued the following advice to Free Press readers should they come across a stray dog:
- Do not approach a stray dog, call the Dog Warden via the district council.
- If staying clear from a stray is unavoidable, do not approach it head on and avoid eye contact at all times.
- Stay calm; do not try to run away and avoid sudden movements, as a stray could interpret this as an aggressive move.
- If a stray starts following you, walk calmly away and try to put an obstacle, such as a car or a fence, between you and the dog.
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