A woman who police thought was ‘fed to dogs’ because of her devastating injuries has revealed the wounds she suffered when she was attacked by two hounds.
The dogs tore the flesh from Beata Obuchowska’s arms and legs while she was working at a farm in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, in October 2014.
The 33-year-old had to undergo 24 operations, which included skin grafts and the amputation of two fingers.
Ms Obuchowska, from Enfield, north London, was attacked by a German Shepherd and a Belgium Shepherd three days after she started looking after 100 dogs at the compound.
‘My left arm had six inch of bone visible where the dogs had torn the flesh off,’ she said.
‘My injuries were so severe that I was in hospital for three months and was in and out of surgery constantly.’
The owner of the compound Nijamul Islamhad, 44, from Farm Road, Edgware, had left Ms Obuchowska alone after going to the shops.
She was attacked when she tried to get the dogs back into their cage.
Ms Obuchowska, who is originally from Poland, added: ‘They viciously attacked me, ripping my clothes off and biting my arms.
‘They were so aggressive that they broke my arms. I was too weak to fight them off.
‘I tried everything I could to get them off. I kicked them, bit their noses and even kissed them but nothing worked.
‘No one was around to hear my cries for help. Those dogs were intent on killing me.
‘I spotted my finger hanging by a thread on my right hand so I gave the animal my left arm to eat instead. I didn’t feel any pain. I was in too much shock.’
The dogs eventually left her alone, after viciously attacking her for more than ten minutes, when she played dead.
‘I was just thinking of my then four-year-old daughter, I knew I needed to survive for her sake,’ Ms Obuchowska said.
The landlord of the farm – who wasn’t connected to the dog compound – found her 40 minutes later and backed up his van so she could climb into safety.
She said he ‘saved her life’.
Nijamul told Ms Obuchowska to lie she’d been attacked on the road so he wouldn’t be blamed but finally admitted his guilt in July and was jailed for two and a half years.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, two counts of being the owner of a dog which caused injury while dangerously out of control in a public place and breaching a disqualification imposed after conviction at St Albans Crown Court.
Nijamul had been previously banned from owning pets for ten years after he was convicted of 27 counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals in 2012.
Ms Obuchowska is now asking for donations to help her pay for Christmas for her and her two children after being left unable to work.
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