A DOG owner changed his appearance and even dyed the colour of his pet to avoid being found after a woman was attacked by the canine in Carmarthen it has been claimed.
The startling revelations were was made by Carmarthen town and county councillor Alan Speake at a meeting during discussions over the need for dog wardens to patrol parts of the town.
Mr Speake said wardens and signs to keep dogs on leads were needed on paths criss-crossing Carmarthen and referred to the horrific incident in December 2012 which saw a 70-year old woman spend five hours in hospital after being attacked by a dog while out walking on the path that links Llansteffan Road and Tesco Extra.
The story was covered by the Journal at the time and it was understood to have been a boxer dog that cause bites and puncture wounds to her arm before she fended off the dog.
Councillor Alan Speake said: “Going back some 15 months now, that was a particularly nasty incident and one where the owner of the dog was never traced by police.
“But the thinking was that the owner had changed their appearance, shaved, changed their hair colour and all.
“Believe it or not they were also thought to have dyed the dog’s hair a different colour to avoid being caught.”
Councillors were taken aback by Mr Speake’s comments at the meeting of Carmarthen Town Council during talks over dog control orders implemented by Carmarthenshire Council.
He added: “That was a drastic step to not get caught but it highlights how signs are needed to tell owners to keep dogs on leads in the town and for wardens to be patrolling.”
The fresh calls from Mr Speake echo those made immediately after the attack by himself and the victim’s family.