A PENSIONER has been left with a severe arm injury after being attacked by a dog in Christchurch.

Police have this morning revealed details of the incident, which happened on St Catherine’s Hill last Sunday, April 13.

A spokesman said that the victim and her friend were walking their dogs at St Catherine’s Hill at 8.05am and saw a man walking a large dog ahead of them.

As they were passing, the man’s dog jumped up and bit the woman on the arm.

The man and the dog walked away towards the Wessex Way and did not stop.

The spokesman added: “The 67-year-old woman from Bournemouth sustained a severe arm injury that required hospital treatment.”

Sergeant Chris Vaughan, of Christchurch police, said: “This unprovoked attack left the victim very distressed and requiring medical attention.

“I’m appealing for the owner of the offending dog, so we can ascertain exactly what happened.

“He is described as white, approximately five feet six inches tall, of big build and in his fifties. He is balding but with grey hair, clean-shaven and was wearing a dark blue jacket. His dog has been described as a large, stocky, full grown dog with the face of an English Bull Terrier but with a larger body.

“I urge anyone with information about this man and his dog to come forward as soon as possible.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 13:148.

Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.