Woman feared for her life during a perilous dog attack

Woman feared for her life during a perilous dog attack

In her first public statement, Lakaydia Reynolds described how the attack in South London left her with “excruciating permanent pain” in her arm. She emphasized that she believed the dogs intended to kill her, and she had only a “split second” to flee for her life.

Ms Reynolds suggested there needed to be more checks on the owners of dogs.

Her comments come as the government looks to bring in a ban on American bully XL dogs, following a spate of recent attacks, including the death of a man in the West Midlands.

Ms. Reynolds, 24, said in an interview that she did not know who shot the footage of her attack on June 6 and that she was disturbed by how quickly the video had spread on social media. The video has been viewed tens of thousands of times.

Police investigating the case discovered one of the dogs involved was an American Pitbull Terrier, a dog banned in the UK. It was later put down. The other dogs remain in police kennels while further inquiries are carried out.

Ms Reynolds said without “proper management”, dangerous dogs will continue to hurt people.

“There needs to be more rules about who can own a dog, such as dog licences,” she said. “There needs to be some sort of a way of controlling who has a dog and whether dogs are trained, or not.”

Ms Reynolds, who “absolutely adored dogs”, had been walking through a small park in Abbots Park, Lambeth, on her way to a driving lesson.

It “turned out to be the worst day of my entire life,” she said.

Two dogs approached her after they were taken off their leads by their owner. Ms Reynolds asked the man to take the dogs away from her, but says they did not respond to his calls.

One of the dogs then jumped up and bit her on the face, and the second started to bite and scratch her legs.

“I was screaming, asking for help, asking him for help,” Ms Reynolds said.

Woman feared for her life during a perilous dog attack

She says the owner of the dogs came over to try to intervene, but he had a third dog on a leash, which then also began attacking her.

“It was just me against these three dogs. The owner himself actually started asking for help, which made me even more scared – because I thought, if he can’t control his dogs, then who can?”

Ms Reynolds believes the fact that she was wearing a long-sleeved hooded top helped protect her from more serious injury, when one of the dogs began biting her arm.

“I had to loosen my hoodie and take my hoodie off, and tear my arm out of the dog’s mouth,” she says. “If I didn’t get away within the split second that I did, I knew those dogs were going to kill me.”

Ms Reynolds sustained scratches, a lip injury requiring plastic surgery and nerve damage, and spent a week in hospital.

Her right arm is no longer mobile, meaning she is not able to play rugby, or hold up her violin.

Ms Reynolds says she cannot feel half of her hand – “and the other half is just in excruciating permanent pain. Because it is nerve damage it feels like my arm is on fire every single day”.

As for the long-term impact, Ms Reynolds says the “full prognosis” will only be known in about 18 months – the length of time it usually takes for nerve damage to heal.

“I have experienced significant effects on my mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being,” she further explained. “One of the most challenging aspects is my inability to perform daily tasks independently, requiring me to depend on others for assistance.”

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