A WOMAN has died after being bitten on the hand and neck by a dog. 

Sharon Jennings, 55 from Preston, was walking her own dog on the old railway lines in Brookfield between 6pm and 7.30pm on May 31 when her pet and another dog started to fight.

She intervened and was bitten on the hand and neck.

Ms Jennings, who took her dog straight to the vet after the incident, failed to seek treatment for herself and was found unwell at her home on June 3. She was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital, where she later died on June 7.

Police continue to make enquires to trace the dog involved and its owner.

The dog is described as a speckled ginger and black dog of medium height. The owner was described as a male with thinning grey/black hair wearing a blue fleece type jacket.

Detective Inspector Chris Wellard of Preston Police said: “Our thoughts are with Sharon’s family and friends at this incredibly distressing time.

“We’re working hard to establish what happened but need anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible. Did you see a dog matching this description in the area or see or hear anything around the time of the incident? Please get in touch.

“I would also appeal directly to the owner of the other dog to come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1134 of 5th June.