Dog attack man badly bitten

Mrs Chapman wants legislation making it compulsory for all dogs to be on leads.

Mrs Chapman wants legislation making it compulsory for all dogs to be on leads.

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A Burnley family is calling for better legislation surrounding dogs after a man needed hospital treatment after he was attacked.

Mr Peter Chapman (41) was taking his own dog for its late night constitutional around Bank Hall Park and Pit Top when another dog jumped out of bushes and attacked it.

Mr Chapman tried to fend off the animal and was himself badly bitten on the arm.

His own dog Teddy, a gold coloured husky which is a rescue dog he got from the RSPCA, was not hurt but he said it was startled because it is a very mild mannered dog.

Mr Chapman had to go to Burnley General Hospital to have his wounds treated and he was sent to Blackburn where they thought he may have needed surgery.

His mother, Mrs Ceridwen Chapman, said there are a lot of problems with roaming dogs and dog fouling in the Bank Hall area and she has contacted MP Gordon Birtwistle asking for legislation making it compulsory for all dogs to be on leads.

“The dog just jumped out of the bushes and attacked Peter’s dog. It was dark so he couldn’t see what type of dog it was but he just had to fend it off. He very nearly needed surgery on his arm. We rarely see a dog warden round here but something needs to be done about these roaming dogs.”