Harborough mum bitten by dog while on training run

Alli Whelan at the scene where she was attacked by a dog on the Brampton Valley Way
Alli Whelan at the scene where she was attacked by a dog on the Brampton Valley Way

A Harborough mum bitten by a dog while out on a London Marathon training run has said the offending dog should be put down.

Allie Whelan, who is a dog owner, said next time the animal could end up biting a child or pensioner.

Alli Whelan at the scene where she was attacked by a dog on the Brampton Valley Way. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Alli Whelan at the scene where she was attacked by a dog on the Brampton Valley Way. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

“I want the dog to be destroyed,” she said. “Not only is it dangerous, but its owner seemed to have no idea how to control it or discipline it.”

The incident happened while the 43-year-old was on a training run along the old railway line, the Brampton Valley Way, with her friend and fellow Harborough mum Anne Linsell.

Both women are training for this year’s London Marathon, which they are running in aid of district charity The Squires Effect.

The two women were running past Waterloo Farm fishery lake, near Great Oxendon, when they saw a woman with two small terriers on leads and a Staffordshire bull terrier, which was loose.

Allie said: “There are plenty of people walking dogs along Brampton Valley Way, and we’re both dog owners ourselves, so we didn’t think anything of it.

“But suddenly this Staffie ran after us and got hold of the back of my leg with its teeth. Fortunately, because I was running, it couldn’t hold on, or it could have been worse.”

Allie and Anne told the woman with the dog what had happened.

Allie, a mum-of-four who runs a recruitment consultancy in Market Harborough, said: “She didn’t seem concerned.

“She said to her dog ‘why did you do that then?’, but she didn’t discipline the dog.

“She did put it on a lead, but only after we’d told her to.”

Allie and Anne both said the dog then lunged and growled as a male runner jogged past a minute later.

“By then it was on a lead, so he wasn’t hurt,” said Allie.

Her running companion Anne Linsell, a 48-year-old mum-of-three from Harborough, who works for the health service, said: “The Staffie’s owner didn’t seem to realise how serious it is when a dog attacks someone.

“It’s completely unacceptable.”

The attack happened on Saturday, February 21, at about 9.30am.Anne took photos of the bite and the dog.

Afterwards, the women ran back to Harborough, with blood flowing from Allie’s leg.

She had a check-up at Harborough’s Cottage Hospital and Allie reported the incident to police.

The two women are now carrying on with their marathon training. If you want to donate to Allie or Anne’s marathon fund, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and type their name in the “what’s your friend’s name” box.