Surgeons are warning dog owners not to wrap leads around their fingers or wrist because of the dangers of serious hand injury.
They say thousands of people could be at risk from lacerations, friction burns, fractures and ligament injuries.
There were 30 serious hand injuries caused by dog leads last year in Cornwall alone, the British Society for Surgery of the Hand said.
One of those was to Jillian Tisdale, 65, who has two retrievers.
She had just finished walking one of her dogs when it became distracted by another dog and ran off excitedly on the lead.
The lead ended up wrapped tightly around Jillian’s middle fingers on her right hand, causing severe damage, including the “degloving” of her finger – when the skin and some of the