Women left disabled after being tripped by dog

File photo of a 'staffie'. Picture: PA

File photo of a 'staffie'. Picture: PA

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A WOMAN was left with a broken shoulder and shattered kneecap after being knocked over by an out-of-control dog.

Anne Maxwell, 62, from Craigshill, Livingston, spent three weeks in hospital and now faces having to learn to walk again.

She had been out walking her own dog in a local field at Craigswood with her daughter when she was bowled over by a Staffordshire bull terrier which was off the leash.

She was thrown in the air by the dog and says she knew when she landed she had broken her shoulder. Doctors discovered she had also shattered her kneecap and she had surgery to put a steel plate in her kneecap.

Now she faces wearing a leg brace for at least 12 weeks, followed by months more of gruelling physiotherapy.

Ms Maxwell, a part-time cleaner, has been unable to work since the accident. She said: “I’ve been left disabled. My knee is in some mess and I’ve been told I will have to learn how to walk again.”

She described how she and her daughter were enjoying a quiet walk when the dog appeared.

She said: “We were just strolling along when I saw a Staffie bounding towards us in an aggressive fashion.

“We shouted to its owners to control it but they totally ignored us. It kept on bounding towards me and the next thing I felt was a thud on my knee. I can’t remember what happened next, but my daughter said I was actually thrown up in the air by the impact. It was like being hit by a car.

“I landed on the ground on my shoulder. I managed to sit up but I was in so much pain. I knew straight away that I had broken my shoulder. I thought my knee was just bruised but after a CT scan they told me my kneecap was totally shattered.”

She reported the incident to police but was told no offence had been committed.

She said: “They said because the dog didn’t bite me there is nothing they can do about it.

“The whole thing is totally horrendous but apparently being injured by an out-of-control dog isn’t a crime.”

A spokesman for West Lothian Council confirmed a complaint had been received, but the identity of the dog owner was unknown.

He added: “A dog control notice can be issued to owners of dogs that have been shown to be out of control.”