Police are searching for the owner of an abandoned dog which bit a woman who tried to approach it and another dog.

Between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday, August 2, a woman was driving along Pietley Hill, in Flamstead, when she came across the Japanese Akita on a dog bed.

The woman tried to befriend the dog in order to take it to the kennels, but as they were walking along, the dog became spooked and bit the woman before returning to its bed.

A short while later, a dog walker passed and the Akita bit the dog. The dog walker then left the area.

Police officers attended to help safely detain the dog, which was then taken to a specialist shelter to prevent any risk to members of the public.

PCSO Rowen Sheppard said: “Enquiries to trace the owner of the Akita have so far proved unsuccessful. I am appealing for anyone with information about the dog or its owners to please come forward.

“I am also keen to trace the dog walker whose dog was attacked. If this was you, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hemel North Rural, West and Central Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.