Jogger terrified after being leapt on by large 'teeth-baring' dog
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A woman enjoying an afternoon jog was left terrified and in tears after being ambushed by a large, aggressive dog.
Miranda Ellis, who lives in Gilman Road, was running through Mousehold Heath at around 4.30pm on a Thursday night when the incident happened.
The therapist said: "It's a lovely place to run and I had just passed through the passageway that leads to Gertrude Road.
"I noticed a man with a dog lead in his hand but no dog so I was on the lookout for one so I didn't run into it."
But as the city woman ran past the man on February 3 a "very large" bullmastiff dog leapt out of a nearby bush.
She said: "I'm about 5ft2in so when it jumped up at me it was almost the same height as I am. It was huge.
"The dog also had its teeth bared at me. I like dogs and you get an idea of what is a friendly dog and an angry dog - this was clearly angry.
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"I recoiled back and instinctively put my arm up to protect myself.
"Thankfully it didn't get its teeth into my arm but I did make contact with its mouth as I managed to push it away.
"I felt I was in danger, I was genuinely afraid."
Ms Ellis was further taken aback when the dog owner ignored the incident and refused to apologise.
She added: "In my panic and trying to get out of the dog's way I hurt my calf muscle.
"Once the shock had passed I became very tearful.
"I wish people would be more sensible when owning animals and taking care of them."
A police spokesman said: "It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control in a public place.
"A dog is considered dangerously out of control if it injures someone or puts someone in fear or apprehension of injury.
"The penalty for having a dangerously out of control dog is an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to six months or both.
"If a dog injures someone, the owner can be sent to prison for up to five years or fined or both."