Police appeal after report that dog ‘attacked puppy and owner’ on Sidmouth seafront

Police investigating a report that a puppy and its owner were bitten by another dog on Sidmouth seafront are appealing for information.

Officers say a ‘Staffordshire bull terrier-type’ animal is alleged to have attacked the young pet and its owner on The Esplanade on Sunday afternoon, March 7.

A man aged in his 30s is said to have suffered a cut to his hand during the incident

Police have asked for help to identify the owner of the brindle-coloured ‘offending’ dog – described as being aged between 50 and 60 with grey and black hair.

The owner of the dog is described as being approximately 50 – 60 years old with grey and black hair and was wearing blue jeans, a green hooded jumper with black and white trainers…

One of the puppy’s owners posted on social media that her pet needed emergency treatment at the vet and her husband had to go to the hospital with a bite wound.

A force spokesperson said: “Police are investigating a report that a dog attacked a man and his puppy while walking along The Esplanade in Sidmouth yesterday afternoon, Sunday 7 March, at around 3.30pm.

“The dog reportedly bit the puppy and then the owner of the puppy’s hand when he intervened. A man in his 30s sustained a cut to his hand in the incident.

“The owner of the offending dog was reportedly unapologetic and walked away from the scene.

“The owner of the dog is described as being approximately 50 – 60 years old with grey and black hair and was wearing blue jeans, a green hooded jumper with black and white trainers. The dog was a brindle-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier type dog.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 pr via email at 101@dc.police.uk and quoting crime reference CR/017909/21.”

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