A BRADFORD woman who was attacked by a dog has expressed her frustration at what she sees as a lack of appropriate action taken by the authorities, in the aftermath of her ordeal.

Keeley Harland-Dean, 33, from East Bowling, says she was "shocked" that the woman in charge of the dog was only given a community resolution order after admitting it injured her while dangerously out of control.

She was attacked by the dog on Good Friday this year and now, nearly seven months later, she says she has received another visit from police officers, who told her they were “re-looking” at the case.

“The police said they couldn’t do anything but apologise for the way they handled things,” she said, reflecting on Tuesday's visit to her home by police.

Speaking of the incident in April, Keeley said: "I was walking to my mum’s house when the dog, who belongs to a woman two streets away, just lunged at me.”

She says the dog bit her and she sustained marks and scars from the incident which required her to have stitches.

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“I had to have a tetanus jab and an iodine wash after the dog attacked me. The doctors had to put me to sleep first. I also required about six or seven stitches.”

It is not only physically that Keeley says she has suffered, but also mentally. She said she is currently on anti-anxiety tablets and also says that she is sometimes too scared to leave her house.

“I’ve even got my landlord to put up gates outside my garden since the incident, as I’m afraid”, she explains.

“After contacting the police, they put a community resolution order on the owner of the dog, telling her she was no longer allowed to walk her dog on our street and that it had to wear a muzzle and a lead at all times when out in public.However, it has been seen without a muzzle and lead and nothing was done to make her adhere to the order that was placed on her.

“The dog should have been put down there and then. The first officer I spoke to said it would be, but the second officer said that this community resolution order would be placed on the owner instead.

“The way the incident was handled made me lose trust in the police. It's shocking.”

But when the police re-visited her this week, Keeley claimed they admitted that “a community resolution order should not have been placed in this circumstance” and that there should have been a “harsher punishment.”

A spokesperson from West Yorkshire Police told the T&A: “The victim was visited at her home address in July and advised that a woman had received a community resolution order with conditions after she admitted to an offence of a dog causing injury while being dangerously out of control.

"Community resolutions apply only to the person they are given to and must have an expiry date so the person has a set timeframe to comply with the conditions. This particular one was for three months from the date of issue.

“There have not been any reports of further attacks by the same dog and police have revisited the victim to speak with her about her concerns. The matter is now being reviewed by local officers.”