'Dangerously out of control dog' that mauled jogger's face hunted by police

Picture of Tibetan Mastiff from stock

Picture of Tibetan Mastiff from stock

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Police are hunting for a dangerously out of control dog that mauled a jogger in a St Albans park leaving the victim needing several stitches across his mouth.

The 38-year-old man had been jogging in Verulamium Park at around 8.30am on Thursday, July 24, when another man with two dogs approached him.

One of the dogs jumped up causing the victim to fall to the floor, the dog then bit him on the mouth.
The victim suffered a cut to his mouth which required stitching.

The man with the dogs, who walked off after the attack, is described as white, aged around 50 years old and of a medium build. He had grey hair and stubble on his face and was smoking.

The dogs are described as being similar to Tibetan Mastiffs.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following an incident in St Albans where a dog is believed to have been dangerously out of control in a public place.

Investigating, PC Meg Sheppard from St Albans police station, said: "I would appeal to anyone who was in the park or surrounding area that morning and saw the incident or saw the man with his dogs prior to or following the incident to contact me with information.

"I am also very keen to hear from anyone who believes they may know who the offender is."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Meg Sheppard via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number F1/14/2419.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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