A mum was left with scratches on her face and neck after a woman attempted to steal her 12-week-old puppy in a busy park in Birstall, West Yorkshire.
Leah Walker, 23 was walking her Irish Bullterrier puppy with her 18-month-old son in Oakwell Hall Country Park when a woman tried to grab the dog lead from her hand.
"We were approached by a woman who said my dog was nice looking, I said 'thank you' in hopes she would go on her way, he does get a lot of public attention like all pups," explained Leah.
"But she said it again, this time while trying to shake my left arm to get the lead. She wasn't interested in my little boy, just my pup."
As the woman tried to take the lead off her, Leah took a tighter grip on the chain lead, wrapping it around her left wrist resulting in the woman scratching Leah's chest and face.
The woman eventually left after failing to steal the puppy but Leah's young son was shaken up by the alarming incident.
"Once she realised I was able to retaliate I think that shook her enough for her to leave us be," said Leah.
"I didn't show any fear. I couldn't as I wasn't just Leah, I was a mum too.
"Once it all happened my only concern was informing someone and getting everyone home and safe.
"Luckily I only live a few minutes up the road. I was scared but again, more concerned about my son and pup."
Leah said the female who had attacked her looked to be in her late twenties, was around 5'5, and had blonde hair in a bun. She was wearing a Reebok jacket, Adidas bottoms and white muddy trainers.
Leah has reported the incident to West Yorkshire Police.
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