Police officer describes the moment she was attacked by a vicious dog in Burnley

A POLICE woman attacked by a dog while attending a ‘routine’ call said she can still see the dog’s teeth inches from her face.

PC Ruth Syers was bitten on the hand during the incident in Burnley and had an operation to remove a tooth that had become lodged inside her hand.

Twenty-seven-year-old PC Syers, who owns two dogs herself, said she could have been ‘mauled to death’ had she not been with three other colleagues at the time.

They had been called to an incident in Rylands Street at around 9.30pm on Monday.

She said: “The seconds before the dog jumped at me is like freeze frames. I can still see it so vividly.

“We were stood on the street waiting for someone to come out of a house we had been called to when the dog appeared in the doorway.

“The next thing I knew the dog had come for me, it jumped up at my face and I could see its teeth right in front of my face.

“Instinctively I put my hands up to protect myself and it bit me on the hand. The next minute or so I can’t really remember anything because of the pain and the shock, then I was in the middle of the street screaming.

“Two of my colleagues were still trying to control the dog, they were tasering it and using their batons but it wasn’t calming down, it was extremely aggressive.

“Another colleague came over and said ‘oh my god, you’re bleeding’. At this point I was hyperventilating and almost having a panic attack, my biggest worry was that I couldn’t feel my fingers.

“We went straight to Burnley General Hospital and they did an X-ray which showed that the dog’s tooth was lodged in the back of my hand between the bones and the finger, and I had to go the plastic surgery unit at Preston.”

PC Syers, who lives in Burnley and has been an officer in the town for four years, said she was a ‘dog lover’ herself and owned two scottie dogs, but described the ordeal as ‘horrific’.

She said: “I will never forget the moment it came for me. It was absolutely horrific. I have dogs myself but this was terrifying. Had I been on my own without my colleauges I think I could have been mauled to death."

“I’m incredibly thankful that they were there and managed to get control of the dog in the end.”

PC Syers spent two nights in Royal Preston Hospital undergoing treatment.

She said: “Hopefully there is no permanent damage, but I need to have some physiotherapy. I think I’ve been extremely lucky that there has been no damage to the tendons, it could have been a lot worse."

  • Sandra Wardle, 58, of Burnley Road, Brierfield had been charged with being drunk and disorderly, failure to comply with a control of dog order and allowing a dog out of control to cause injury.

She is due to appear before Burnley Magistrates Court on May 16.

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7:27pm Sat 4 May 13

D'you wanna dry slap? says...

A tooth lodged in her hand? Jeeze, that sounds extremely painful. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery, and that this devil dog will be put down.
A tooth lodged in her hand? Jeeze, that sounds extremely painful. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery, and that this devil dog will be put down. D'you wanna dry slap?
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9:57am Sun 5 May 13

Graham Hartley says...

D'you wanna dry slap? wrote:
A tooth lodged in her hand? Jeeze, that sounds extremely painful. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery, and that this devil dog will be put down.
Devil dog - is that a recognised breed? The breed isn't mentioned in the report, and we wonder why.
[quote][p][bold]D'you wanna dry slap?[/bold] wrote: A tooth lodged in her hand? Jeeze, that sounds extremely painful. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery, and that this devil dog will be put down.[/p][/quote]Devil dog - is that a recognised breed? The breed isn't mentioned in the report, and we wonder why. Graham Hartley
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11:16am Sun 5 May 13

phil kernot says...

Just make a note of how many of these incidents take place in the burnley area
Just make a note of how many of these incidents take place in the burnley area phil kernot
  • Score: -3

5:34pm Sun 5 May 13

Pat Howarth says...

The first report of this incident was that the dog was a staffie....sad really.... because the real nasties were the drunks causing everyone, including the dog , to be upset and stressed. A good few years ago I was bitten by a rottie....because I was the first person he saw when he was let out after a stupid drunk had been tormenting him and winding him up. I had to have 26 stitches...People are worse than dogs...Just hope this police officer can work when she's healed...would be a pity to loose a good bobby because we just don't have enough of them.
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The first report of this incident was that the dog was a staffie....sad really.... because the real nasties were the drunks causing everyone, including the dog , to be upset and stressed. A good few years ago I was bitten by a rottie....because I was the first person he saw when he was let out after a stupid drunk had been tormenting him and winding him up. I had to have 26 stitches...People are worse than dogs...Just hope this police officer can work when she's healed...would be a pity to loose a good bobby because we just don't have enough of them. :-) Pat Howarth
  • Score: 4

5:36pm Sun 5 May 13

wrinkles says...

What peculiar wording: "We were stood on the street" - not the usual statement of; "We were stood (on the pavement) at the front door".
What peculiar wording: "We were stood on the street" - not the usual statement of; "We were stood (on the pavement) at the front door". wrinkles
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5:56pm Sun 5 May 13

doctor1970 says...

If the dog went for me, i'd put the owner down followed by the dog
If the dog went for me, i'd put the owner down followed by the dog doctor1970
  • Score: 3

9:02pm Sun 5 May 13

icannotrace says...

wrinkles wrote:
What peculiar wording: "We were stood on the street" - not the usual statement of; "We were stood (on the pavement) at the front door".
What did you want her to say. "We got a message and presented to the property on the corner of blah and blah at approximately 7:13 pm walking from an easterly direction. After knocking o the door and talking to the owner she disappeared into the premises whilst we remained outside.
[quote][p][bold]wrinkles[/bold] wrote: What peculiar wording: "We were stood on the street" - not the usual statement of; "We were stood (on the pavement) at the front door".[/p][/quote]What did you want her to say. "We got a message and presented to the property on the corner of blah and blah at approximately 7:13 pm walking from an easterly direction. After knocking o the door and talking to the owner she disappeared into the premises whilst we remained outside. icannotrace
  • Score: 6

9:33pm Sun 5 May 13

Pat Howarth says...

We were stood on the street is fine ...nothing wrong with that...why do you think it's strange ? Where else would they be stood??
We were stood on the street is fine ...nothing wrong with that...why do you think it's strange ? Where else would they be stood?? Pat Howarth
  • Score: 3

11:36pm Sun 5 May 13

Darren1951 says...

Actually, it's correct English to say, "...we were standing....", not "....we were stood...".
Actually, it's correct English to say, "...we were standing....", not "....we were stood...". Darren1951
  • Score: 4

11:52pm Sun 5 May 13

35yearSurrenderMonkeys says...

Doesn't matter if its a gerbil, if it goes for someone, put it down. I'm glad they tasered it a few times, hopefully in the nuts.If the woman has been charged with failing to comply with a dog order, its obvious they have been out of control before.
Doesn't matter if its a gerbil, if it goes for someone, put it down. I'm glad they tasered it a few times, hopefully in the nuts.If the woman has been charged with failing to comply with a dog order, its obvious they have been out of control before. 35yearSurrenderMonkeys
  • Score: 2

5:46am Mon 6 May 13

mavrick says...

It is time these dogs were removed from the scummy owners and destroyed. The owners banned from having responsibility for any animal. What need is there to have aggressive dogs other than to protect dope dealers. We should start taking the dope dealers out as they seem all to common.
It is time these dogs were removed from the scummy owners and destroyed. The owners banned from having responsibility for any animal. What need is there to have aggressive dogs other than to protect dope dealers. We should start taking the dope dealers out as they seem all to common. mavrick
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9:24am Mon 6 May 13

Pat Howarth says...

I've had various breeds in my long life and the majority will defend their owners....this dog reacted to the silly drunken cows fighting in public...People are the bad ones not the dogs. People make them what they are. People are at fault so take the dogs away...and put the people down.... OK I know we can'rt do that but...till you know a lot about dogs and people and the way they act and react together...don't drop it all on the dogs. PEOPLE ARE BAD, THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS IF LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES....THEY HAVE THE SENSE TO DO AS WOLVES DO AND STEER CLEAR OF PEOPLE. More working grey matter than these drunks and junkies for sure.
I've had various breeds in my long life and the majority will defend their owners....this dog reacted to the silly drunken cows fighting in public...People are the bad ones not the dogs. People make them what they are. People are at fault so take the dogs away...and put the people down.... OK I know we can'rt do that but...till you know a lot about dogs and people and the way they act and react together...don't drop it all on the dogs. PEOPLE ARE BAD, THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS IF LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES....THEY HAVE THE SENSE TO DO AS WOLVES DO AND STEER CLEAR OF PEOPLE. More working grey matter than these drunks and junkies for sure. Pat Howarth
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Mon 6 May 13

Graham Hartley says...

icannotrace wrote:
wrinkles wrote:
What peculiar wording: "We were stood on the street" - not the usual statement of; "We were stood (on the pavement) at the front door".
What did you want her to say. "We got a message and presented to the property on the corner of blah and blah at approximately 7:13 pm walking from an easterly direction. After knocking o the door and talking to the owner she disappeared into the premises whilst we remained outside.
Quite what happened isn't always faithfully reported, we notice. Wrinkles invites us to consider the positions and movements of the officers as the dog appeared at the boundary of the property - the houses on Rylands Street front directly onto the pavement. It is reported that they were standing on the street: does that indicate that they were on the pavement and so quite close to the doorway? And were they moving towards the door? These factors would influence a dog's behaviour.

Is it part of police procedure to call out a warning before using weapons on a dog?
[quote][p][bold]icannotrace[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wrinkles[/bold] wrote: What peculiar wording: "We were stood on the street" - not the usual statement of; "We were stood (on the pavement) at the front door".[/p][/quote]What did you want her to say. "We got a message and presented to the property on the corner of blah and blah at approximately 7:13 pm walking from an easterly direction. After knocking o the door and talking to the owner she disappeared into the premises whilst we remained outside.[/p][/quote]Quite what happened isn't always faithfully reported, we notice. Wrinkles invites us to consider the positions and movements of the officers as the dog appeared at the boundary of the property - the houses on Rylands Street front directly onto the pavement. It is reported that they were standing on the street: does that indicate that they were on the pavement and so quite close to the doorway? And were they moving towards the door? These factors would influence a dog's behaviour. Is it part of police procedure to call out a warning before using weapons on a dog? Graham Hartley
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2:27pm Mon 6 May 13

Pat Howarth says...

The woman has just been charged with 'failure to comply' with a dog order for this offence if you read it correctly .....nowhere does it say she had PREVIOUSLY been charged with a 'failure to comply' order........BUT NOW THE DOG WILL BE TARRED WITH THE 'DANGEROUS DOG' LABEL...and this is possibly the one and only incident of this kind it ever has or ever will have.....unless the stupid owner(s) repeat their antisocial behaviour.
The woman has just been charged with 'failure to comply' with a dog order for this offence if you read it correctly .....nowhere does it say she had PREVIOUSLY been charged with a 'failure to comply' order........BUT NOW THE DOG WILL BE TARRED WITH THE 'DANGEROUS DOG' LABEL...and this is possibly the one and only incident of this kind it ever has or ever will have.....unless the stupid owner(s) repeat their antisocial behaviour. Pat Howarth
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