A 51-year-old dog owner has been left “incapacitated” and unable to work after he was the victim of a horrific attack involving a “Dalmatian” and was taken to hospital with hand injuries.
The victim was walking his dog, a Weimaraner, near the Port Vale training pitches in Burslem when the shocking mauling occurred.
In the moments leading up to the November 11 attack, he described seeing a Dalmatian-type dog off its leash “running up” to him with its “mouth wide open” before grabbing his hand.
He said: “I was walking my dog. I saw this dog jumping towards me and then it lunged at me.
“It was off the ground, its mouth was wide open, and then it clamped down on my left hand. Pain – I felt bones cracking.
A 51-year-old dog owner was ‘incapacitated’ after being brutally beaten in a terrifying attack involving a ‘Dalmatian’
The victim was given a tetanus shot at the hospital and the wound was cleaned and closed
He was walking his dog near the training pitches at Port Vale in Burslem when the shocking mauling occurred.
– I did not think; I just reacted. I dragged the dog to the side. It dragged me to the floor. Then my dog and their dog got into a fight with each other.
I was on the floor but managed to pull myself up onto my knees to separate the dogs. The second owner came.
“They dragged the dog away and left. My hand was a terrible mess. I returned home and my partner took me to the emergency room.
The victim was given a tetanus shot at the hospital and the wound was cleaned and closed.
However, an infection has developed and the victim is currently taking antibiotics and strict rest and recovery orders until doctors determine whether he will need physical therapy for the ligament damage.
He said: “I do the groundwork; I was out of work. This has really left me incapacitated. This is very difficult.
“I usually walk the dog with my partner and her daughter.
The comforting thing is that it was me and not them.
I am a dog lover. I know the owner never intended for his dog to cause any harm, but people need to be made aware that all dogs can be dangerous and should be kept on a leash at all times in public spaces.
“I bought pepper spray for dogs and I insist my partner carries it with her at all times.”
MailOnline has contacted Staffordshire Police for further information.