Dog bites council hopeful on election day canvass

PUBLISHED: 17:05 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:10 02 May 2013

Cathy Watson after the dog bite this morning.

Cathy Watson after the dog bite this morning.


POLITICAL animals were out in force canvassing today (Thursday), but a council hopeful ended up getting too close to a more ferocious beast.

The Labour candidate for Hatfield South, Cathy Watson, was caught in a dog’s “vice-like” grip when she was doorknocking in the town.

Even though she was taken to hospital Mrs Watson was soon back out to try and drum up support for today’s Herts County Council elections.

She told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It was at about 11am and I put my finger through a letter box and a vice-like thing came down and I realised it was a dog.

“No-where was there a sign and there was all this blood.

“I was talking to someone, who was very nice, who saw it and whisked me off to the QE2.

“I’ve got a bandage on, I can’t claim to be terribly injured, and I went back out to the street.”

To add insult to injury she was visiting a Labour voter’s house, but she does not hold it against them.

“It’s all part of life’s rich tapestry,” she said.

Mrs Watson is standing in a hotly contested division and is taking on the Conservative incumbent Stuart Pile.

The polls close at 10pm tonight with the count taking place as soon as possible afterwards.

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