A blind woman has slammed the behaviour of a dog walker who walked off when she fell in the canal to escape his snarling pet.
Andrea Cannon, 53, was left floundering in more than four feet of filthy water in the Grand Union Canal, Linslade, as the man ignored her pleas for help.
Andrea, whose guide dog, Ember, was left on the bank, eventually struggled out of the canal and made her way to her Linslade home.
Hours later her furious husband returned to the spot, a few yards down from Leighton Road bridge, and was surprised to find the dog walker.
After giving him a dressing down the dog owner refused to apologise for his behaviour.
Andrea, who is almost entirely blind, told the LBO: “I walk my guide dog along the canal towpath twice a week.
“As we neared the bridge I became aware that there was a man standing there and his dog was growling and snarling at me.
“He told me to move out of the way. I stepped back and fell into the canal.
“He didn’t offer me any help. He just walked off. I pulled myself out and he was gone.
“My husband was so angry that he went down there to find him.
“Amazingly he was still in the area. He offered silly excuses but didn’t apologise.
“I know that he didn’t do anything legally wrong but it was immoral not to help me.
“It was a huge shock falling into the water. There wasn’t anyone around as it was early in the morning.
“I didn’t have time to panic and, thankfully, I can swim. I hurt my back and damaged my coccyx and must have hit it on the wall as I fell in.
“His dog was very aggressive and I really feared for my safety. It’s unbelievable that he didn’t help me.”