Dog walker’s leg left ‘hanging by the skin’ after 3 Labradors charged into him


A dog walker was left with a gruesome leg injury after colliding with three excited Labradors at a country park.

His leg was left “hanging by the skin” when the pets were running free and charged at him.

The bones and tendons at the top of his leg detached from the bottom, leaving the man in severe pain on the floor.

The man, from Blanefield, Scotland, who does not wish to be named, spoke to the DailyRecord about the harrowing moment which sparked a 10-day hospital stay.

He had been walking his three-year-old Labrador at Mugdock Country Park on Tuesday, July 13, when the freak injury occurred.

He was taking his dog on one of his twice daily 3km walks at the park when they bumped into two other regular dog walkers, also with Labradors.

The three dogs, including the man’s own, were off-lead and played at full speed when all three careered into him from the side.

He said: “My right leg absorbed the full impact, internally detaching the top of my leg from the bottom, not breaking but smashing my kneecap, my tibia and my fibula and tearing the muscles and tendons from the bone. My leg was just hanging by the skin.

“The accident caused the road to the park to be closed for 30 minutes and three ambulances attended.”

The man was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment.

He underwent surgery on the grisly injury the following day and spent a total of 10 days in hospital.

“I spent 10 days in hospital and had major surgery on my leg including steel plates, screws and pins,” he said.

“I have now spent the last 21 days in bed and unable to work. I have a steel brace on my badly damaged leg 24/7 which makes sleep impossible.

“You would not expect a peaceful early morning walk with your dog across the moors and round Abies Loch to result in such life changing injuries. I have three months in recovery before I can even walk again.

“Thanks to the NHS and the two guys whose dogs were also involved and who stayed with me that morning.”

As he lay crumpled on the ground in agony he was able to feed his precise location to ambulance crews through the use of an mobile phone app that pinpointed his precise co-ordinates.

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The what3words app divides the world into a grid of 57 trillion 3-by-3-metre squares, each of which has a three-word address that allows the emergency services to accurately locate a person’s position.

Following his rescue, the man said: “I see a lot of people my age and older than myself walking dogs on the moor, sometimes in groups. Download the app now, it will bring you help much more quickly.

“I think this app and this experience is important to know about if you walk your dog alone. Surviving a heart attack, stroke or any serious injuries can very much depend on how quickly you are treated.

“If you have a mobile phone, download the what3words app, it might save the life of you or someone close to you, it saved mine.”