AN officer is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a dog. PC Helen Pearson, the neighbourhood police officer for upper Weardale, was on a routine call to a property in Tow Law at around 11am on Sunday when she was attacked by a Japanese Akita dog.
She suffered significant injuries to both arms and her left hip. A woman driving along the A68 stopped to give assistance, taking the officer into her car and giving first aid before other officers arrived.
PC Pearson was taken to University Hospital North Durham for emergency surgery and has been detained for ongoing treatment.
Insp Kevin Tuck, head of the neighbourhood team, said today: "This was a traumatic attack on an experienced officer who was carrying out her duties on a routine call.
“Although she’s in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery she will need extensive ongoing medical treatment. We’re extremely grateful to the woman who came to Helen’s aid and are contacting her to record our formal thanks.”
The dog was in a garden with other Akitas and had broken free from its chain. It was seized by police and steps are being taken to obtain an order for its humane destruction. The dog's owners have been interviewed in relation to possible offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act and other legislation. Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances.