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Woman suffers horror injuries to her face after she was mauled by dog she was told was 'friendly'

Woman suffers horror injuries to her face after she was mauled by dog she was told was 'friendly'

A woman was left with shocking facial injuries after petting a dog the owner told her was friendly.

Sam Lodge, 53, was on his way home to Grimsby when a whippet-type dog savagely shredded her face, exposing the cartilage on her nose.

She now fears she will never get the feeling back in her face after severe nerve damage after the April 1 attack.

The appearance of the initial injury wasn’t too drastic, but Sam had to undergo several major surgeries to re-grow the skin on her face.

Although she is a dog lover, she still does not want the animal euthanized.

Sam Lodge (pictured), 53, had facial surgery after petting a dog on her way home in Grimsby when the dog viciously bit her face after owner said it was safe to pet

Sam Lodge (pictured), 53, had facial surgery after petting a dog on her way home in Grimsby when the dog viciously bit her face after owner said it was safe to pet

Sam had to undergo several surgeries (pictured) to help reconstruct the skin on her nose after it was bitten by a 'whippet-like dog'

Sam had to undergo several surgeries (pictured) to help reconstruct the skin on her nose after it was bitten by a ‘whippet-like dog’

The incident happened near her home, and she initially thought she had just been headbutted, but soon realized the extent of her injury (pictured)

The incident happened near her home, and she initially thought she had just been headbutted, but soon realized the extent of her injury (pictured)

Speaking to GrimsbyLive, she said: ‘I was out for a walk and I was almost back at my house when I ran into the dog.

“I love dogs and have always harassed or petted them whenever I came across them.

“I asked if the dog was friendly and the owner told me it was, so I bent down to pet him.

‘It was at that moment that the dog went to get me, something like this has never happened to me.

“At first I thought the dog had headbutted me and it wasn’t until I got home and washed my face that I realized exactly what had happened. It came as a shock.’

Regardless of the traumatic injury she sustained, Sam wants the dog to live but hopes the owner will muzzle him or make sure people don’t get too close.

She added: ‘I would hate to put the dog to sleep, I love dogs. I just want people to be more careful and tell people if their dog isn’t safe.”

The 53-year-old was told it could take 18 months before she regains any feeling in her head, if at all

The 53-year-old was told it could take 18 months before she regains any feeling in her head, if at all

Sam now has 16 stitches in her face (pictured) and will have to wait a few more weeks before they are removed

Sam now has 16 stitches in her face (pictured) and will have to wait a few more weeks before they are removed

The dog’s owner did not report the incident and Humberside Police have put out a call to track her down.

After the attack, Sam went to the hospital for a check-up and was told she would require extensive surgery to repair her injuries.

She said, “They removed a flap of skin from my hairline and attached it to the bridge of my nose.

“Then they turned my nose around so the skin could get used to it. I have 16 stitches in my face and I am now waiting for it to start to heal.

“I’ve been told it could be 18 months before I get any feeling in my head again and maybe never. I don’t go out very often at the moment because it is painful for me to walk around in the wind.

“In about three weeks I’ll have to have surgery again to try and get me back to looking normal. If I’m honest, I’d like to turn back time.

“I’m starting to get bored not being at work and I really hope I can emphasize to others that they need to make sure dogs are safe before people pet them.”

A Humberside Police spokesperson said: ‘The dog’s owner is described as being approximately 5 feet tall, of a slim build and in her early 50s. She was wearing glasses, dark clothing and a hood. The dog is described as a medium whippet type crossbreed.

“We are appealing to the owner of this dog to come forward. We would also request that if anyone was in the area at the time of the incident who has information to assist with our inquiries, please call us at our non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 16/43260/22.”

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