Surgeons are battling to save a woman’s arms after they were almost torn from her body in a frenzied and savage dog attack.
The British woman in her 30s, who is suffering from what have been described as “life-changing injuries,” was attacked by two Alsatians from an unlicensed dog training compound in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire.
When armed police arrived at the scene, in addition to the two Alsatians responsible for the attack, they discovered a further 99 dogs at the isolated rural complex. It is believed the dogs at the site, which contained several outbuildings, were being trained for work in the security industry.
Chief Inspector Gerry McDonald confirmed to the Daily Mail that police have launched an investigation into the incident, and two men, aged 20 and 27, have been arrested and bailed.
“Officers are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this serious incident,” explained a police spokesperson.
“The compound contains outbuildings and a significant number of dogs were found to be homed at the location. Two dogs have been seized as part of the investigation and officers will be working with other agencies to identify the other dogs at the location and re-home them appropriately.
“A number of officers, including dog handlers and firearms officers are at the location as a precaution to ensure public and officer safety until we can fully understand what has happened.
“At this time we believe the scene is contained and that none of the dogs homed are currently on the loose, however we would ask members of the public to remain vigilant and avoid the area where possible until further notice. If you do see a loose dog in this part of the county please call the police straight away”.
The Sun reports that apart from Alsatians, among the breeds discovered at the site were Bull mastiffs, Dobermans, and Pit Bull Terriers.
A source told the newspaper, “The victim has horrendous life-changing injuries. Her arms and torso were very badly damaged.”
Local residents have previously made numerous complaints to the police and RSPCA regarding the farm, and one neighbor told the press that animal rights groups were not at all happy about what went on there.
“There were stables up there until a couple of years ago when they moved the cages and the dogs in. Complaints have been made to the police and RSPCA. I know animal rights people have not been very happy”.