A WOMAN was attacked by two thieves who tried to steal her dogs.
It happened as the 25-year-old was walking her pets in the Old Nack area of Station Road, Seaham.
“They were definitely trying to get the dogs,” said the terrified woman, who asked not to be named.
“They kicked one of them, and pulled the harness so hard on the other one that it has marks on it.”
The dogs, Rock and Sasha, were assessed by a vet after the attack and said to be bruised.
The victim, who was also kicked by the would-be thieves and verbally assaulted, was injured and checked over in hospital.
“They pushed me to the ground from behind and kicked me,” the Seaham woman told the Echo.
“It lasted about 10 minutes. I’ve damaged all the ligaments in my ankle, and I’ve got bruising all down the right side of my body.
“They were really abusive, and used language I wouldn’t want to repeat.
“It’s the first time I have walked that way.
“I’d walked up to see my partner, and I was on my way back, and that’s when it happened.
“I was really shaken, and I still don’t really understand what happened.”
The two men – in their late 20s to early 30s – only stopped their attack when a passing motorist intervened.
“A woman in a blue Citroen Saxo pulled over on the main road and shouted at them to stop,” the victim said.
“They only ran off when she shouted. I never thought something like this could happen when I was just walking the dogs.
“It’s put me off now and I won’t be walking them for a while.”
The assault happened at about 2pm on Monday.
Detective Constable Tony Elliott, of Seaham CID, said police are keen to speak to the witness.
“If the lady who was in the blue Citroen Saxo could come forward, I would like to speak to her,” he added.
“This is an isolated incident, we have had nothing similar reported.
“However we would urge dog walkers to take care.”
Anyone with information should call Det Con Tony Elliott on 101.