Grandad suffers ‘flashbacks’ after Alsatian attack

WOUNDED: Paul Minnikin attacked by an Alsatian dogs behind St Paul's Church, Jarrow
WOUNDED: Paul Minnikin attacked by an Alsatian dogs behind St Paul's Church, Jarrow

A BREWERY boss said he “shuddered to think” what might have happened if he had been out with his grandchildren when he was attacked by an Alsatian dog.

Paul Minnikan, a finance director at Jarrow Brewery, spoke to the Gazette shortly after he was bitten by the dog while out walking on a footpath to the rear of St Paul’s Church, in Jarrow.

Paul Minnikin attacked by alsatian dogs behind St Paul's Church, Jarrow

Paul Minnikin attacked by alsatian dogs behind St Paul's Church, Jarrow

He revealed that he had “flashbacks” after being bitten by the animal.

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Mr Minnikan said: “I was just out getting some exercise when I saw a couple walking two Alsatians.

“As soon as the dogs spotted me, they started running in my direction, as though I’d broken into a scrapyard or something.

“One of the dogs jumped up on me and bit me on the right arm, and even though I was wearing a thick coat, its teeth went right through the material, and I have a nasty wound on my right arm.

“I shudder to think what would have happened if I’d had one of my grandchildren with me, because they were very powerful dogs. The whole attack only lasted about 10 seconds, but I’ve had flashbacks since, and it just shows the dangers from powerful dogs.”

Mr Minnikin was treated by ambulance paramedics at the scene before receiving further treatment at Jarrow Walk-In Centre, at the town’s Palmer Community Hospital.