Potters Bar man Barry appeals for witnesses after dog attack

PUBLISHED: 17:27 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 26 October 2009

Barry Martin

Barry Martin

A DISABLED man who was savaged by a dog while its owner looked on is this week appealing for witnesses to the attack. Potters Bar man Barry Martin was bitten across his one good hand while on his way home from a regular jaunt to the shops. He was left a

A DISABLED man who was savaged by a dog while its owner looked on is this week appealing for witnesses to the attack.

Potters Bar man Barry Martin was bitten across his "one good hand" while on his way home from a regular jaunt to the shops.

He was left alone in his wheelchair with blood pouring from the wound in the middle of Mutton Lane.

Luckily, according to Barry's mum Shirley Case, he is well known in the town and a passing driver and another resident spotted him and called an ambulance.

Barry, 35, of Cranborne Road, was rushed to Barnet General Hospital and later transferred to the Royal Free Hospital in Middlesex as doctors rushed to save his hand.

Barry was left paralysed down one side at the age of 13 after being hit by a car, so relies heavily on his left hand for his independence.

Mum Shirley said the family are determined to find out who the woman was who watched her black dog attack Barry and then just walk off without saying a word.

She said: "All he remembers is the teeth sinking into his hand.

"She didn't say anything to Barry.

"It's upsetting that the dog went for him; it could have been a child in a buggy.

"The fact that she walked off and left him is shocking."

Mrs Case, who lives with Barry, added that many residents and shopkeepers were keen to help trace the woman.

"The locals and shopkeepers are devastated by what has happened.

"Somebody must have seen what happened."

Pc Edward Colley said: "Incidents of this kind are rare and we are doing everything possible to trace the owner of the dog.

"It happened at a peak time of the day when people may have been about on their lunch break."

Barry is unable to remember many details of the attack as he suffers from short-term memory loss.

The attack took place between 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday, August 6, anyone with information should call 0845 33 00 222.

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