Woman looked like she’d been ‘mangled by a hedgecutter’ after being mauled by two dogs

A dog walker suffered injuries similar to being mangled by a hedgecutter after a savage attack by two ‘Mastiff-types’.

Sarah Blaylock was out walking her Springer spaniel in Rossett, Wrexham, when they were set upon by the off-the-lead dogs – with the owners fleeing as she bled profusely.

The 56-year-old was able to stagger to a nearby pub for help and was later warned by doctors she might need plastic surgery.

She is still struggling to walk two months on, reports North Wales Live.

Police are now appealing for help to find a car that might have been driven by people with more information.

Investigators believe they may have details of the dogs involved and are trying to trace a dark-coloured Vauxhall Insignia estate that might have been driven by their owners.

Sarah said she has “blocked” out the brutal attack because it all happened so quickly on July 24.

She described the dogs as both “Mastiff types”, one grey, the other brindle coloured.

Sarah was out walking with her spaniel Wilf when she was attacked around 8.35pm just as she had passed Rossett business park along a country lane.

She said: “It all happened so quickly. I imagine the woman screamed because the dogs had got loose and were running at me.

“Later, the police told me I shouldn’t have run, but that was my instinct, and looking back now, I wish I hadn’t.

“The dogs seemed to circle us. I stopped running when I saw one had pinned Wilf on his back.

“I hadn’t realised but the other had gone behind me. It attacked me but I can’t actually remember being bitten.”

A man ran to the scene to retrieve a pink phone dropped by his partner, promising Sarah he would return to check on her condition.

Instead, according to police, the pair jumped in their car and sped off with the dogs, leaving Sarah bleeding in the road.

Sarah managed to stagger some distance before a motorist pulled up to offer help.

As she was bleeding so profusely, and didn’t want to ruin the Good Samaritan’s car, both walked on to Lavister, where she got help from staff at the Nag’s Head Pub.

Sarah’s husband Mike took her to Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Two months later, her wounds are still being dressed three times a week after infection set in.

Friends were appalled. “You should have seen her leg,” one woman wrote on Facebook.

“She looked like she had been mangled with a hedgecutter.”

Her family is still dealing with the aftermath.

Sarah, a policy manager at Cheshire West and Chester Council, was given two weeks’ leave and she is now back at work at her Rossett home office.

But she’s been forced to lay up, leaving her unable to socialise, walk Wilf and undertake many household chores.

“I was traumatised but I didn’t actually feel any pain at the time,” she said.

“I think it affected Mike worse because he saw the injury and he’s had to deal with everything that came afterwards.

“The hospital A&E said they were the worst dog bites they had ever seen.

“I believe the deepest one occurred because the dog’s owner tore it off me while its jaws were still clamped on my leg.

“I’ve been told to take it easy, to allow the muscles and tendons time to heal.

“I’ve just begun making short trips in the car again but if I do too much, my leg swells up again.”

NWP Wrexham Rural police team is asking the public to help trace the Vauxhall Insignia’s owners.

“They may be able to assist in the investigation,” said a spokesperson.

“Equally we are keen for anyone who may know of similar dogs to come forward.

“The dogs were with a male and female. The female is described as about 5ft 5 with brown hair tied back, and the male is described as a similar height with dark hair.

“The pair walked off with the dogs before the male returned and picked up a pink phone.”

Anyone who can help the investigation is being urged to contact the police via 101 or via the NWP live webchat facility. The crime reference number is 22000533629.

Sarah hopes the appeal will help others avoid what she went through.

“It’s ruined our summer but it could have been so much worse,” she said.

“A centimetre or two to the left, or a little bit deeper, and the dog could have hit an artery and I would have bled out.

“I just hope the police are able to find the dogs and their owners.

“You hear that once a dog has a taste of blood, they will do it again, and I wouldn’t want anyone to suffer like I did.”