A woman's finger tip was bitten off by a Staffy as she tried to stop a fight between it and her own dog.
The incident happened when a woman was walking her dog in a park in Guisborough, North Yorkshire and left her requiring surgery.
The woman, in her 40s, stopped to talk to another dog walker in King George V playing fields, on Tuesday, August 24.
Both dogs were let off their lead, when the man’s dog immediately attacked the woman’s dog, Teesside Live reported.
In trying to get the dog away, it bit the woman on the finger, leaving her without a finger tip and requiring surgery.
The dog has been described as a female Staffordshire bull terrier, around three years old, and it was brindle with a white chest.
Cleveland Police says its officers are keen to trace the man and the dog.
The man is described as white, around 5ft 8” tall, bald and “well built”.
The man spoke with a South Yorkshire accent and was wearing jeans and a t-shirt.
Police are appealing to the owner of the dog to come forward or any witnesses to the incident to contact them, by calling 101 and quoting incident number 142563.
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The incident follows a similar one, also in North Yorkshire, where a child was left needing surgery after being attacked by a dog off its leash.
The tot was with his mother in Morley Carr park in Yarm, a market town in North Yorkshire, when the dog attacked in mid August.
The attack resulted in the boy suffering 'permanent scarring' and he had to have surgery on his lip.
Paul Spence was walking the black and white dog named Diego and was charged with being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.
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