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Sevenoaks: Dog walker left with fractured hand and bite marks after German Shepherd attack

By Kent Messenger reporter

by Wiktoria Machul

A dog walker was left with horrific injuries when he was attacked by a German Shepherd in a Sevenoaks park.

David Turner, 49, and from Sevenoaks, was walking his dog on Sunday morning when he was attacked in Greatness Park and was bitten on the hand and leg.

Mr Turner’s dog was suddenly attacked and as the owner tried to separate them, the German Shepherd started biting him.

David Turner was bitten on the hand and leg during a vicious attack in Sevenoaks
David Turner was bitten on the hand and leg during a vicious attack in Sevenoaks

“The owner was standing right next to us and he didn’t do anything and when I asked him to put the dog on a lead or a mussel he just started laughing,” he said.

The police were called to the park and Mr Turner was given first aid and taken to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.

He now has to take four to six weeks off work as he had to undergo a three-hour surgery to reconstruct his hand, which was fractured in three places. He also suffered various puncture wounds to both his legs and arms.

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David Turner was bitten on the hand and leg during a vicious attack in Sevenoaks
David Turner was bitten on the hand and leg during a vicious attack in Sevenoaks

“I am very concerned regarding this dog due to roaming the public park with children playing football and you have the skate park there as well.

“The injuries I have received would kill a child,” he added.

A police spokesman said: “On Sunday at around 8.15am it was reported a man was bitten after trying to separate two dogs fighting in Greatness Park, Sevenoaks.

“It is alleged an alteration then took place involving one of the dog owners and another man. Police attended the scene and carried out enquiries.

“No injuries were reported as a result of the altercation and no arrests have been made.”

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