Savage dog attack sees woman thrown like ragdoll as canine rips skin off victim

A SAVAGE dog attack left a woman with skin "ripped off" her arms after being thrown around like a "rag doll" and mauled by an American Bulldog.

 Norwich Crown Court

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The victim claims to have experienced nightmares and flashbacks of the horrifying attack since it happened.

The incident happened in Norwich when the victim had been walking through the West Pottergate area of the city on her way to the shops on Dereham Road high street.

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The case was heard at Norwich Crown Court on Monday where the jury were told of the victim's injuries.Charlie Buckenham, who owns the dog, is said to have "put up some form of windbreak in an attempt to keep the dog in an enclosed area".However, prosecutor Edward Renvoize said the victim was "attacked" as walked on the footpath of the communal area by the dog.

American Bulldog

The woman was attacked by an American Bulldog (Image: Getty)Renvoize mentioned the dog was not wearing a muzzle or on a lead at the time of the attack.

The court heard how the woman "screamed" for assistance and the dog's owner "did what she could to end the attack".

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Luckily, the 27-year-old dog owner was able to stop the dog from causing further injury.

An ambulance was called by a neighbour that witnessed the attack.

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Muzzle on dog

The owners claims to have since muzzled the dog (Image: PA)

Prosecutor Renvoize told the court that there was "significant damage" caused to the victim's arms who he said had "deep puncture wounds" where skin is said to have been "ripped off".

Following the attack, the victim was forced to spend four days in hospital and even had to be seen by a plastic surgeon.

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The surgeon said that the dog had grabbed her "like a rag doll".

Charlie Buckenham, who had previously admitted being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and causing injury, told the court that she has now muzzled the dog following the grim attack.DON'T MISS: London's loneliest dog finally finds a forever home [INSIGHT]Gardeners warned over ‘fatal’ plants for pets this spring [COMMENT]Pair of dogs desperate for home before one-year anniversary in kennels [ANALYSIS]

But the court heard that a neighbour has seen the canine since without a muzzle on.

Before Buckenham was sentenced, an impact statement from the victim was read to the court in which she described how she suffered "nightmares of dogs attacking her" as well as flashbacks about the incident.

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The case has been adjourned until May 24 for a further hearing to determine whether Buckenham has now had the dog muzzled or on a lead as it should have been at the time of the attack.

That hearing will also determine whether or not the dog is to be put down.

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