Dog walker, 51, relives the 'terrifying' moment hero neighbours dashed to save her as two vicious Staffordshire Bull Terriers tore into her and her pet Labrador during a frenzied attack
- Two Staffordshire bull terriers attacked Paula Taylor, 51, in Tyneside cul-de-sac
- They first jumped on her labrador before biting her when she intervened
- Four female neighbours ran to her rescue and successfully fought dogs off?
- All of them received medical treatment during 'terrifying' canine assault?
A dog walker who was attacked by two Staffordshire bull terriers and was saved by her neighbours has revealed her terror during the vicious assault.
Paula Taylor, 51, was walking her labrador Charlie in Dudley, North Tyneside when her pet was attacked by the dogs and she tried to intervene to protect him.
The dogs turned on her, biting her arms and causing her to scream out, which alerted four female neighbours who quickly ran to her aid and fought off the dogs before they could cause serious injury.
Ms Taylor, a?healthcare assistant, said: 'I was walking along and saw the terriers and just got an awful feeling about it. 'All of a sudden the terriers jumped on Charlie. As I tried to separate them I was bitten.?
Paula Taylor, 51, was attacked by two Staffordshire bull terriers, pictured, while walking her labrador Charlie in North Tyneside
Neighbours Helen Iley, left, and Michelle Lowden, right, came to her aid and were both hurt fighting off the animals
Neighbour Kayleigh Campbell, 30, left and right, was decorating her house for Christmas when she heard screams and ran to intervene
'I did scream - I was absolutely terrified.?I didn't even know the women who came and helped me.?
'I recently lost another Labrador to old age and I just had visions of losing this one. 'I have puncture marks and bites on my arm, and the tips of my fingers are cut.?
'It's bad but I don't need plastic surgery or anything. It could have been much worse.?
'I'm just so grateful to the women who came to the rescue.'
She added her own dog was on a lead and wearing a harness so would have been a threat to any person or animal.?
She said: 'Charlie was on his lead and wearing a harness.?He is a gentle giant, he is your classic black Labrador, he's a big softy.?
'I'm grateful for the help everyone gave me. 'Charlie is okay and I'm okay and that's the most important thing.?
'I was petrified I was going to lose him after just losing Ben. Thankfully, he is much better today.'?
Housewife Michelle Lowden suffered injuries herself as she dragged the terriers off Paula.?
Labrador Charlie, pictured, seven, sustained a head wound in the attack and was taken to the vets?
Ms Lowden was bitten on the hand as she tried to force one of the terriers to release the dog and had to receive medical treatment
Charlie, pictured, was wearing a lead and harness and Ms Taylor described him as a 'gentle giant'
The 41-year-old said: 'I could hear her screaming. 'I ran outside, I was just doing housework, and I ran out and grabbed the other dog as someone else had already grabbed the first.?
'Three of us all came running out. We grabbed the black Labrador by the neck and tried to protect him.?
'I got bitten in about four of five places while I was trying to get the dog off. 'I'm all bruised and bitten. I'm in shock, imagine if it had been a child.?
'It's a family street, if the kids had been playing out it could have been a lot worse.?
'The three of us all went to hospital, I have been bandaged for three days, I'm on antibiotics.?
'The owner didn't even know the dogs were out. 'I have been in shock for two days since his happened.'?
Charlie, seven, is now on pain killers and anti-biotics.?
Helen Iley, 47, lives on Wansbeck Road, Dudley, saw the attack from her living room window.?
She said: 'It was just horrific, we brought Paula and Charlie into the house they were covered in blood. 'There was blood everywhere.?
She was rescued after five neighbours ran to the scene and managed to fight the dogs off
CCTV footage from a nearby house caught the moment the woman was walking through the North Tyneside cul-de-sac
'Paula was in shock, she was in total shock. All I could think was, "What the hell is going on?" It was the last thing I expected.?
'For as awful as it was it could have been so much worse.'?
Ms Iley, alongside her daughters Sara, 27 and Vicki, 25 calmed Ms Taylor and Charlie down and took the pair to the vets.
The customer service worker said: 'Charlie is just lovely, he is so lucky he's so big. If it had been a small dog, then God forbid.?
'I have lived here for 11 years and never seen those dogs. 'I would feel uncomfortable if the dogs were allowed back, I wouldn't feel safe.'??
Kayleigh Campbell, 30, was putting festive lights in her window when she saw the dogs make a beeline for the dog walker and her pet.
She said the road was splattered with blood as the pair attacked.
Miss Campbell, who has two Spaniels of her own, can be clearly seen in horrifying video footage of the incident running to help.
The admin assistant said: 'The poor lady was just walking past with her Labrador. I was putting Christmas decorations in the window and I saw her.
'She was walking past and I saw the two dogs run and then it all went crazy.
'I ran straight out. The brown one was latched onto the labrador's neck and they were trying to tear the labrador to bits.
As she crossed the road the Staffordshire terriers approached and started biting the labrador
Neighbours were alerted by the victim's screams and then ran to help her, pictured
'The woman was fighting off the dogs. She was screaming and shouting for help and hitting them.
'It took chunks out of her hands and her arms. She will potentially need skin grafts.
'I had my hands in the dog's mouth. I was prising its mouth open with my hands.
'The adrenaline just took over - I didn't care what it was, I just wanted to get it off the dog but it wasn't giving up.
'A lot of other people had come over. We got the labrador away, but the brindle one kept coming back.
'In the end I pinned it down and held its legs to the floor. I lost my grip twice because they didn't have any collars on but I got it in a headlock.
'Lots of neighbours came out when they heard the noise.'
Another neighbour was also putting up his Christmas tree when he heard the commotion.
It was almost over when he arrived on the scene.
He said: 'We had the Christmas music on and my wife turned it down because she said I had it too loud and then we heard screaming from outside.
'The Staffies were ripping at the Labrador and the woman as she tried to fight them off. It was horrible to watch.
More neighbours were then alerted to the scuffle and managed to prize the dogs away, with some left covered in blood
One lady pulled one of the dogs away by the hind legs while also trying to unhook its jaw with her hands
'One lady was pulling the brown Staffie by its hind legs and putting her fingers on its nose to try and unlock its jaw.
'They managed to get the dogs off and got into a woman's house and when we went in it looked like a murder scene. Quite a few of the neighbours were bleeding.
'The dogs will get put down. You can't let dogs like that live after that.
'If that had been a child or a baby, it would have killed them. There are children that play on that street every single night.'
The dogs have been taken to police kennels and their female owner spoken to following the attack at 1pm on Saturday.
It is understood she also owned a third dog, a Japanese Akita.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: 'Police are appealing for witnesses following a dog attack in North Tyneside.
Police confirmed the incident took place and that the two terriers were taken to police kennels after they had been secured in a nearby garden
Officers are appealing for witnesses and say they have spoken to the owner of the dogs
'A 51-year-old woman was walking her black Labrador dog when two other dogs, believed to be Staffordshire Bull Terriers, approached her dog and attacked it biting the Labrador around the neck.
'The dog's owner and two other women aged 47 and 51 came to her aid to get the offending dogs off the Labrador and were themselves bitten on the hand and arm.
'They managed to secure the terriers in a garden and called police.
'The women attended hospital and received treatment for their injuries and the Labrador was taken to the vets for treatment.
'The offending dogs have been taken to secure police kennels.
'The owner of the terriers has been spoken to and inquiries are continuing.
'Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 561 of 02/12/17.'?
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