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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Brave dog pounces to save girl from late-night attack


A TEENAGE girl who was attacked while out for a late-night walk was saved from a serious assault when her dog pounced on her assailant.

The 18-year-old was walking her dog in Dumbeg Park, near Wester Hailes railway station, at around 2am on Wednesday , when she was attacked.

The man grabbed her and dragged her into an underpass but, before he could do anything, the teenager's collie-cross, which was off its lead, came bounding back to the rescue.

The dog went for the man's legs, biting him, while the girl lashed out at his face, giving him a cut lip and a bleeding nose.

The attacker, who is thought to be around 30 years old, then ran off. A police spokesman said: "Fortunately the victim was not seriously hurt, just badly shaken.

"It is a good thing her dog intervened and forced off her attacker. He may have been unaware she had the dog with her, as it was off the lead and out of sight when he struck."

The attacker was around 5ft 8in tall, white and of medium build. He wore a black tracksuit, white trainers and a beanie hat. He was well-spoken, possibly with an English accent, and was believed to be aged between 27 and 33 years old.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish SPCA said: "This dog is a real hero. It proved how much it loves its owner and shows how loyal dogs really can be. It protected its owner when she was in danger and I think it really deserves a medal."


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