Three women and a man were rushed to hospital after a dog attack on a beach.
Marie Hay and her two daughters were walking their husky on the beach in Redcar, Yorkshire, when they claim it was set upon by a pair of bulldogs.
Cleveland Police have confirmed the attack and are appealing for information about the incident on Sunday.
Marie Hay took her Siberian husky, Naevia, to the beach for the first time on Sunday with her two daughters.
The mum-of-three said as the family headed towards the water, two dogs jumped on her six-year-old husky.
The incident is believed to have happened just before 3pm on Sunday when a couple and their two young children arrived at the beach with two bulldog-type dogs.
As the dogs, which Marie said were not wearing collars or leashes, approached Naevia, their owner shouted to her that they were “friendly” – moments before one of them is said to have lunged at her.
Describing the so-called attack, he said Teeside Live: “The dog came and sniffed my dog and then had a little fight and made a noise and then jumped on her and bit her face and wouldn’t let her go.
‘So [the owner] he came running to try to get the dog, but his dogs had no collars or leads, no leashes or leads, nothing at all. So there was no way to grab them to get them out.’
The second dog is then said to have run and jumped on the family pet as members of the public rushed to help.
Marie said the incident lasted for about 10 minutes, with a group of dog walkers trying to pin the animals to the floor, injuring them in the process.
A police spokesman said: “Police were called to the beach near the caravan park in Redcar shortly after 3pm.
“Officers attended the scene and received initial details, including a counter-complaint from the owner of the bulldogs.
“It is understood at least one dog received veterinary treatment and a man and three women were taken to hospital for treatment – mainly for hand injuries.”
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