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Concerns that a child will be hurt by same dog
11:30am Sunday 2nd September 2012 in Worcester
A DAD attacked by an “out of control” dog as he rode his bike fears the animal will attack children.
Mitchel Phillips was riding his mountain bike from his home in Wichenford to his mum’s partner’s house at Green Farm, Monkwood Green, near Hallow, when two dogs came running towards him, barking.
One of the animals, which Mr Phillips believes was a golden retriever, clamped its jaws around his lower right leg, leaving him with a deep puncture wound during the incident on Tuesday.
Mr Phillips, aged 21, of Queens Estate, Wichenford, said he wanted to warn other people about the dogs, especially children who might be visiting nearby Monkwood Nature Reserve. He said: “There were no signs of aggression. One of the dogs just clamped onto my leg as I was about to pat it on the head.
“I came to stroke it and it just latched on and held on for at a couple of seconds. I have a great big hole in my leg. The dog completely tore through the skin and fat on my leg.”
Mr Phillips was taken to accident and emergency at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester for his wound to be cleaned, stitched and bandaged.
Mr Phillips has a daughter, Lily, five.
He said: “If nothing gets done it’s going to happen to someone else. I just want to warn people about them. The dogs need to be put down.
“I’m a dog owner and if my dog did anything like that I would take it straight down to the vets. This would have been a lot worse if it had happened to a kid.”
His mother, Jayne Phillips, said: “The owner of the dogs has not even phoned to see how he is. They jump up at your car and try to bite your tyres. They are never on a lead. She can’t control them.”
A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: “We can confirm we have received a report of a man being bitten by a dog on Monkwood Common.”
A meeting was held between Mr Phillips and police on Friday as part of an ongoing investigation.