POLICE investigating claims that runners have been attacked SEVEN times by a border collie in Moors Valley Country Park have appealed for help from the public.

At around 10.30am on Thursday March 19 a woman aged in her 40s was running in the country park with her dog when another dog, believed to be a border collie, approached them.

The collie was barking and circled around them before biting the woman’s leg, causing two puncture wounds that bled immediately.

She told a man and a woman who were with the dog that she had been bitten and they just replied that they would keep walking and left the scene, with the collie following them a short time later.

Dorset Police received a previous report of a dog believed to be a collie biting a dog walker on Wednesday January 29 at the country park and officers were made aware by staff that there had been a further five reports of a border collie attacking runners.

Police Constable Jennie Sykes-Martin, of Dorset Police, said: “We are carrying out enquiries to try and identify the owners of the dog involved and I am appealing for anyone with information to contact us.

“I would also urge the owners of the dog to please come forward and contact us so we can resolve the matter.”

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55200043149, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.