Dog walker knocked out by stranger because her dogs weren’t on a lead

A woman says she woke up, covered in blood and had to have her teeth rewired after being knocked out by a stranger.

Jeanette Carroll, 51, says she had to turn detective after being attacked by a man who ordered her to control her dogs.

The professional dog walker was near Flatts Lane Country Park, Middlesbrough, when she was approached by a man who appeared agitated.
He shouted at her ‘get these f**king dogs on leads’.

She tried to calm the situation down but he punched her in the face for around 20 seconds.
A park ranger came to help her but he too was punched

Jeanette said: ‘It was totally unexpected. I had gone over to reassure him, if people are nervous I will put the dogs on a lead.
‘I didn’t see the punch coming, when I woke up I was covered in blood.’
She then spent six hours at James Cook University Hospital A&E where she had to have stitches to her lip and work on her teeth.
Jeanette added that a week after the incident she still had not been asked to give a comment to police.
She said: ‘There’s been no investigation and two people attacked by a random stranger in a place where people go to walk their dogs.
‘I think it’s a massive reflection of how things are going. I got brought up with good morals and the last thing you would expect is a man hitting a woman.’

Jeanette says she has to keep walking dogs because it is her job but is now afraid to do so. The alleged attacker was described as a man in his 50s, with a beard and around 5ft 11ins tall.

Jeanette said: ‘It’s unacceptable. I’m frustrated, I feel let down, I’m very, very anxious.
‘I would consider myself pro-police and I have total respect that they have to work through these cuts.

‘But to have somebody phone up when you are nervous and anxious and show no empathy, I was just disgusted.’
A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: ‘Police arranged for scenes of crime officers to photograph the victims’ injuries the same day and crime details were recorded over the phone.
‘An appointment has been made for an officer to visit the victim on Wednesday, September 25, to take a statement. Enquiries are ongoing.
‘The response to incidents is always graded dependent on the level of threat, harm and risk to the victim.
‘We are reviewing our response to this incident and any issues identified will be taken on board and any lessons will be learned.’

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