A COMPETITOR at Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre experienced mixed fortunes on Sunday - she was bitten by one animal and then her own dog won a top prize.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Bickenhill event after the woman, believed to be in her 60s and from Cambridge, suffered several puncture wounds to her upper thigh. She was apparently showing her pedigree pooch to judges when another dog bit her.
Dave Painting, incident support officer at Chelmsley Wood Ambulance Station, said: “Whilst waiting to receive a few stitches at hospital, the woman had a telephone call to say that her dog had won first prize in the category she had entered. A good end to a bad day.”
The four-day show attracted 140,000 visitors, 15,000 down on last year.
It was the first Crufts to be broadcast on the
web after the BBC refused to televise the show because of concerns about animal welfare.
A Sealyham terrier called Charmin (pictured above) was named best in show.