Dog Walker Punched Unconscious By Stranger For Having Dogs Off Lead
A dog walker was knocked clean out and had to have her teeth put in after a stranger attacked her for having her dogs off a lead.
51-year-old Jeanette Carroll said that she woke up covered in blood and needed her teeth rewiring after the stranger completely sparked her out.
Carroll, who is a professional dog walker, said that the man stormed up to her and shouted 'get these f***ing dogs on a lead' and appeared to be incredibly agitated.
She attempted to diffuse the situation, but after about 20 seconds the man punched her in the face, knocking her unconscious.
Shortly after that, a park ranger arrived to help, but he was also punched by the unidentified stranger.
The man has been described as in his 50s, about 5ft 11" tall, and with a beard.
Jeanette told the Teesside Live: "It was totally unexpected.
"I had gone over to reassure him, if people are nervous I will put the dogs on a lead.
"I didn't see the punch coming, when I woke up I was covered in blood."
Carroll was immediately taken to James Cook University Hospital where she received six hours of treatment that included having stitches to her lip and the rewiring of three loose teeth.
Carroll said that though she plans to continue her work, she is now scared to do so.
She continued: "There's been no investigation and two people attacked by a random stranger in a place where people go to walk their dogs.
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"I think it's a massive reflection of how things are going.
"I got brought up with good morals and the last thing you would expect is a man hitting a woman."
The police have said that they are reviewing their response to the incident, and that lessons will be learned.
However, Carroll claims that she has been in touch with the police around half a dozen times but no officer has been out to see her and take a statement. She also claims an officer was rude to her over the phone.
She added: "It's unacceptable,
"I'm frustrated, I feel let down, I'm very, very anxious."
"I would consider myself pro police and I have total respect that they have to work through these cuts.
"But to have somebody phone up when you are nervous and anxious and show no empathy, I was just disgusted."
A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "Police received a report of an assault on Flatts Lane at around 1.30pm on Tuesday 17 September.
"The suspect had made off from the scene. The victim was advised to get medical attention for injuries to her mouth and teeth and call police back once this had happened.
"Police arranged for scenes of crime officers to photograph the victims' injuries the same day and crime details were recorded over the phone."
"An appointment has been made for an officer to visit the victim on Wednesday, September 25, to take a statement. Enquiries are ongoing.
"The response to incidents is always graded dependent on the level of threat, harm and risk to the victim.
"We are reviewing our response to this incident and any issues identified will be taken on board and any lessons will be learned."
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