Dog owner left with fractured skull after dog gets spooked by moped and drags her along the road
45-year-old Katie Jagus ended up fracturing her skull and suffered from cuts and bruises after Tigger started getting agitated by the thug circling on the road close to them
A mother recently revealed the horrific injuries she sustained after she was dragged on the road by her own Labrador called Tigger when the dog became spooked by a moped-riding youth. 45-year-old Katie Jagus ended up fracturing her skull and suffered from cuts and bruises after Tigger started getting agitated by the thug circling on the road close to them.
Jagus' dog suddenly took off causing the mother to fall face-first into a nearby curb. She was knocked unconscious by the fall and woke up to find three kind-hearted strangers helping her.
The Sun reported that Jagus, who already suffers from arthritis, was taken to a hospital where she was treated for her injuries. A week after the incident, however, she is still skeptical about stepping out of her house on her own. The moped rider was never traced and the vehicle reportedly has learner plates.
The care worker from Chaddesden, Derby, told the publication on December 5: "No amount of make-up is going to cover my injuries up. I used to do the school run but now I can’t face that after what happened. It’s completely knocked my confidence, I don’t want to go out at all."
She continued: "I suffer with (sic) fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis, after the fall this has really increased the symptoms of that. Little things have big consequences. Even I feel that it doesn’t seem like a big thing, it’s still had a really big impact on me."
The incident took place on November 26 when she was taking Tigger for his evening walk after they picked up her 10-year-old son, Leo, from school. Jagus said: "We were walking up the street and there was a lad on a moped and he was going up and down, up and down and circling in the road."
She continued: "We came to a big grass area but as soon as I bent down to let him off the lead, the moped was buzzing around relentlessly and it scared him. Tigger ran to get away from it, but I was on the other end of the lead and he pulled me along. The next thing I knew I was up in the air and my face hit the floor."
Jagus, who works at the Greenwich Gardens care home in Mackworth, was rushed to the hospital immediately after the incident took place by the kind strangers. Once there, she also found out that she could barely open her eye because of the swelling, aside from her other injuries, and that it would be weeks before she would be able to go back to work.
22-year-old Hannah Clarke, Jagus' daughter, lives with her mother in Chaddesden. She told The Derby Telegraph that she "doesn't bear thinking about" what may have happened to her mother of the three men had not alerted Jagus' husband Mark.
Clarke, who works at the Kingfisher nursery in Spondon, said: "We were all in so much of a state afterward and we want to thank them. It just shows there are still lovely people out there. My mum would've just been lying there on the dark path and I don't know where my dog could've ended up."
She continued: "She didn't get the chance to say thank you because she wasn't with it. The men caught Tigger, got my mum a coat to keep her warm and alerted my step-dad, Mark, when they found out where she lived. If she had been left I think she could have become unconscious. It doesn't bear thinking about what could have happened. She doesn't really remember a thing and has had pounding headaches ever since."
The daughter also said that Tigger is a very calm dog on walks and wasn't agitated even when Bonfire Night took place. She then added that this incident was going to make her mother nervous to go out on walks alone. The family has since said that it was important that the moped driver realizes that "actions have consequences".