A woman who sustained life-changing injuries after being mauled by a dog revealed today she thought she would die during the horrific attack.
Marta Gombarova had an operation on her arm after the dog, believed to be a pit bull type breed, savaged her as she was walking home.
The 51-year-old, of Senior Road, Hexthorpe, has been told she may need plastic surgery following the attack which left her with chunks of her upper arm missing and a gaping wound.
Marta said: “The dog started biting my arm – it was a big dog, with big teeth.
“I was on the floor and the dog wouldn’t get off.
“I was screaming: ‘Help, help, I’m dying.’
“I really thought I was going to die – there was blood everywhere and my arm was hanging open.”
Police investigating the incident have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
Marta spent four days in hospital following the attack and may need further surgery.
She revealed she is suffering flashbacks to the attack that happened on Wednesday, September 30, at 7.40pm on Ramsden Road near the Crawshaw Road junction – just yards from her home.
She added: “I keep thinking about it and waking up screaming, having nightmares. I am worried about leaving the house now.”
Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the attack or saw walkers in the area around that time to get in touch.
A 25-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident has since been bailed pending further police enquiries.
The dog involved in the attack has also been seized.
The incident comes after it was revealed almost 200 dangerous and illegal dogs have been destroyed on the orders of South Yorkshire Police in the past three years.
Figures, revealed under The Star’s Your Right to Know campaign, show 191 dogs have been put down, along with 16 stray dogs.
A total of 63 dangerous and illegal dogs were put down in 2012, with a further 70 put to sleep in 2013 and 58 in 2014.
Thirteen stray dogs were put down last year, compared with three in 2013 and none the year before
Anyone with information about the attack should call 101 quoting incident number 1059 of September 30.