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Partially sighted woman and her guide dog savaged by dog
Updated 4:37pm Friday 30th May 2014 in News
A PARTIALLY-SIGHTED woman and her guide dog were subjected to a terrifying dog attack on a Southampton high street.
Lyn Godwin and guide dog Vicki were walking down Portswood high street yesterday when the attack happened.
At about 3pm a dog which had been tied on a rail outside Portswood library slipped its teather and attacked the pair.
Sixty-year-old Lyn, who has limited vision due to diabetic retinopathy, screamed for help and passers-by intervened to separate the dog from the pair.
Luckily neither Lyn or seven-year-old Vicki were injured, although both were left severely shaken by the incident.
She said: “I felt like I was on a roundabout.
“Everything was spinning. I could hear Vicki yelping with a noise I had never heard her make before and at one point the dog launched itself and it and Vicki were both on top of me on the ground. I was terrified.”
The owner of the dog appeared and collected the animal before leaving the scene.
Police have since found the owner, and are continuing their enquiries.
Staff from Guide Dogs Southampton Mobility Team visited Lyn soon after the attack.
Engagement officer Kirsty Necker said: “It was clear that Lyn and Vicki were both very shaken and distressed.
“Though we could not see any puncture wounds on Vicki, we took her to the vets to have her checked over, particularly as the complicated surgery on Vicki's spine could have been compromised in the attack.
“Vicki is also a very sensitive dog and we were really worried about the psychological impact of this attack on her.”
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