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    Dog attack woman has 300 stitches

Saturday, November 4, 2000

A WOMAN who was attacked by a pack of dogs needed more than 300 stitiches for her injuries.

The woman, aged 43, was bitten about 100 times by the dogs which included a Staffordshire bull terrier and a bull mastiff. She was walking near an industrial estate to her newsagents' shop at Murton, Co Durham, when the attack occurred on Thursday.

The animals ran off when a group of nearby workmen armed themselves with scaffolding poles and sticks and went to the woman's aid after hearing her screams. A passer-by also joined in.

The woman, a mother of three who lives in the neighbouring village of Seaham, was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital and then transferred to a specialist unit at Shotley Bridge Hospital. She does not want to be named. Schools in the area have been alerted to the danger.

A Co Durham Police spokesman said: "After surgery to treat her extensive wounds the woman is in a comfortable condition. She is expected to be in hospital for several days."

© Copyright of Telegraph Group Limited 2000.

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