Attack by pack of five dogs puts local man in hospital

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A man walking his dog has been taken to hospital, after being attacked by a pack of at least five dogs on a footpath near Lubenham.

The 23-year-old man, who himself lives in Lubenham, near Market Harborough, was walking his own Springer Spaniel dog, when it was attacked by five or more other dogs, locally described as “lurcher type”.

The man tried to defend his own dog, but the ‘lurchers’ then attacked him, forcing him to the ground and biting his legs, arms and body.

The attack happened on Thursday, June 2 at around 3.15pm, Harborough police said.

It happened on a public footpath that leads across fields to the north-east of Lubenham.

The path starts from close to the village’s War Memorial, local people said.

Pc Malc Roberts, based in Market Harborough, said: “The local man was walking his Springer Spaniel dog on a footpath that leads across the fields when his dog was attacked by at least five dogs.

“He’s tried to defend his dog, and the attacking dogs have then taken him to the ground, biting him a number of times.

“It was quite a serious attack.

“The man had to be taken to hospital for treatment to the bites, and his own dog had to have stitches.”

Police in Harborough are now investigating the attack, with the assistance of local staff from the RSPCA.