Corby mum and son’s terror in horrific dog attack

Danielle Johnston and son Jayden were attacked by two Staffie dogs
Danielle Johnston and son Jayden were attacked by two Staffie dogs
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A young Corby mum and her six-year-old son needed hospital treatment for their injuries after they were attacked by two Staffordshire bull terriers.

A 42-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the incident in Sower Leys Road on the Kingswood estate which has left Danielle Johnston, 26, and her son Jayden terrified to go out of their home.

She said: “It was shocking.

“It all happened so quickly but it felt like a lifetime.

“I went out of my back gate with Jayden and we had just got to the corner of the street when the dogs came from nowhere.

“There was no warning at all and no barking.

“Suddenly there was a dog on each side of me. I was screaming for help.

“Two women across the road telephoned the police and a man stopped his car and got out to help us. He clapped his hands to try to stop them attacking us.

“I was holding Jayden, trying to protect him, and the dogs dragged me to the ground. The man managed to get them off and he helped us into his car.

“He dropped us at a nearby bus stop and the police arrived and tried to calm me down. I was having a panic attack and I couldn’t breathe.

“An ambulance arrived and we were taken to Kettering General Hospital.”

Danielle suffered injuries to her legs and face and Jayden was bitten on one of his legs.

Neither needed stitches to the wounds but Danielle was given antibiotics.

The attack happened on Friday, August 8, and Danielle, who lives in Stamford Walk and works in a nursery in the town, had several days off work.

A police spokesman said: “Police were called to an incident in Sower Leys Road, Corby, at about 8.20am on Friday, August 8, following reports of a 26-year-old-woman and a boy having been bitten by two dogs.

“The victims were treated at Kettering General Hospital for bites to their legs.

“A 42-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.”

Danielle said: “If Jayden hadn’t had long trousers on his injury would have been worse.

“We don’t feel safe now and we don’t want to leave the house on our own. After the attack I went to stay with my nan for the weekend.

“I didn’t want to make this public but I feel I have to warn other people. I feel bad because Jayden is so scared and he’s frightened for me too. It was a terrible experience.

“Dogs need to be on a lead if they are out and should not be allowed to roam free.”