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Lancaster: The dog clings to the cyclist’s leg during the attack

Dog held on to the cyclist's leg for minutes during the attack

Police are looking for witnesses after the attack (Picture: Getty)

A woman has been left with potentially life-changing injuries after being attacked by a dog in Lancaster.

The victim, a cyclist in her 40s, was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries after the animal held her for several minutes in the horrific attack.

Police were called around 4:20 pm on May 5 by paramedics treating her wounds.

She was cycling with a friend behind the Priory Church, near the Millennium Bridge, when the couple had to brake to avoid a woman and child, Lancashire Police said.

They were later approached by a man with two brown Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Bullmastiff dogs, who accused them of nearly bumping into his child.

Then he is said to have hit one of his dogs on the head, causing it to bite the victim in the thigh.

The dog clung to her for a few minutes before she was able to free herself.

The Morecambe woman was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary and has since been discharged.

Police are asking for leads to identify the dog sitter.

He is described as white, 5’9″ to 5’10”, slim build with brown short back and side hair.

He is said to be in his early 30s and was not wearing a top.

PC Richard Hannaford of Morecambe Police said: “The victim was very seriously injured by this incident.

“As part of our ongoing investigation, we need to identify and speak to the man who was walking the dogs.

“I would urge anyone who knows who he is – or the man himself – to contact the police as soon as possible.

“Similarly, I would ask any witnesses or anyone with CCTV, dashcam or cellphone footage that could assist our investigation to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is urged to get in touch by emailing 5891@lancashire.police.uk or calling 101 quoting log 0917 of 5 May.

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