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Witness appeal after woman & chihuahua attacked

Were you near Appley Walk on Monday 15 February?

Police are appealing for information after a woman reported being bitten by a dog while she was out walking her own dog in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

The woman said that as she and her chihuahua walked past a dog tied to a post on Appley Walk, the tethered animal broke free and attacked her pet. She said she was bitten on the lip while she tried to retrieve her pet from the other dog's mouth. The chihuahua suffered no long-term injuries.

It's believed that the dog which attacked the woman and her pet was of the boxer breed, brindle in colour - a sort of patchy brown shade, tethered to a blue / red lead and it was wearing a black collar.

The incident happened near the Appley Tower landmark, at about 3.30pm on Monday 15th February.

“Where you at Appley Tower at the time of the incident? Did you see what happened or do you know who the owners of the dog are?

“... We would also like to take this opportunity to remind all dog owners to be responsible when walking their dogs in public and to ensure they are under control at all times."

– Police Constable Dave Hughes, Hampshire Constabulary

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch by calling 101, quoting 44160067671, or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.