Dog attack leaves man with scars

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A man visiting Morecambe for a wedding has been left scarred after a dog bit him in the face.

Christopher Mossop needed six inches after the Akita cross dog jumped at him and bit him on the chin as he visited friends.

However, when Christopher, 30, and his wife Kelly reported the incident to police and the city council dog warden, they were told nothing could be done as it happened in a private house.

Kelly, 28, said: “On Saturday we were invited to a friend’s house, where the dog jumped up and bit Chris on the face.

“It was completely unprovoked; we had only just walked through the door.

“Chris’s chin was bleeding so I drove him to A&E at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

“He was referred straight to Royal Preston Hospital to see a plastic surgeon, and was given six stitches. The cut was about three-and-a-half inches long from lip to chin.

“Afterwards we contacted the police and they said because it was on private property, no formal action could be taken.

“We were told to inform the dog warden, but they said they only deal with attacks on other dogs.

“We will be considering civil action but we aren’t interested in the money, we are just worried that it might happen again. The house is near a school so it could attack a child. We just want the dog’s owner to take note.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman confirmed that the incident happened at an address in Thornton Crescent at about 6.45pm on Saturday.

The spokesman said: “As it occurred at a residential address, no criminal offence has been committed.”

A city council spokesman said: “Dog attacks on animals are dealt with by the council’s dog warden service and dog attacks on people are now dealt with by the police and we understand that the police have investigated this incident.”