Walker injured in attack by savage Alsatians

ATTACK ... Paul Minnikin and, below, his injury after being attacked by two Alsatian dogs.
ATTACK ... Paul Minnikin and, below, his injury after being attacked by two Alsatian dogs.

A BREWERY boss has told how he suffered a “nasty wound” after he was attacked by two Alsatian dogs.

Paul Minnikin was strolling on a footpath to the rear of St Paul’s Church in Jarrow early on Monday when he spotted the dogs running towards him.

Paul Minnikin dog attack injury

Paul Minnikin dog attack injury

Mr Minnikin, 57, finance director at Jarrow Brewery, 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.

The dogs’ owners asked Mr Minnikin “Are you all right?” before quickly leaving the scene.

Mr Minnikin, of Croft Terrace, Jarrow, added: “They just took off.

“Their estate car had a type of dog cage in the back, and I wondered if the owner was a security man and the Alsatians were working dogs.”

The dog attack happened on Monday, behind Church Bank, Jarrow, not far from historic St Paul’s Church.

Police are appealing for information about the attack, which happened between 8am and 9am. A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “The man was walking behind St Paul’s Church on Church Bank in Jarrow, when he was attacked by two Alsatian dogs. He was bitten on his arm, causing a puncture wound, which required hospital treatment.

“The two dogs were with a man and a woman.

“The woman asked if the man was OK, and then the pair drove off in a white Vauxhall estate vehicle.”

Police described the man as white, 5ft 7in tall, aged about 40, of stocky build and bald.

The woman was white, 5ft 7in tall, also aged about 40, of slim build, with her hair tied up.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, ext 69191, quoting log number 245 on 9/6/14 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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