A POMERANIAN attacked a woman and her dog during an early morning walk in Bournemouth.

The small, reddish-coloured dog jumped up at the victim, biting her hand, before turning on her dog and biting its ears and nose.

Both suffered injuries.

Now police have appealed for witnesses to the incident, which took place at Turbary Common between 6.30am and 6.45am on Friday February 19.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said the Pomeranian came out from under a bush when the victim and her dog entered the common.

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"This dog ran over to the victim and started attacking her by jumping up and biting her hand" said the spokesman.

"She was shouting at the dog to stop and her own dog then came and stood by her as if to protect her. The offending dog then turned on her dog and started biting its ears and nose."

The owner of the Pomeranian is described as white, in his 50s and having broad shoulders. His hair is white and thinning and he was wearing a blue anorak and dark trousers.

The victim suffered bites to both hands and attended hospital for treatment. Her dog sustained puncture wounds.

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Police Constable Jennie Sykes-Martin, of Dorset Police, said: "I would ask the owner of the offending dog to come forward so that I can establish the full circumstances of what happened.

"I am also appealing for anyone who recognises the man by the description given or the dog to please get in touch to help me with my enquiries.

"Finally, I would like to hear from anyone who might have witnessed the incident."

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55210028687, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.