STAFFIE THREW OFF ITS MUZZLE AND ATTACKED; EXCLUSIVE MAULING OUTSIDE SHOP.
A DOG owner has told how a crazed mongrel broke free from its muzzle and attacked him and his West Highland terrier.
Eric Henry needed surgery after he was mauled by the Staffordshire bull terrier crossbreed as he walked to the shops.
He said: "It was the most terrifying thing I have ever seen. This big dog was muzzled and tied to a bike outside the shop.
"As soon as it as saw my wee Westies, it went ballistic. The lead unravelled, the dog rubbed its face on the ground and that muzzle was off within seconds."
Eric, 49, said the dog gripped his Westie Misty in its jaws.
ty or He added: "It went for Misty's face and leg, pinned her down and got her by the throat.
"It was just about to shake the life out of her.
"The owner, who looked as if he was out of his face on drugs, came out of the shop and started kicking and punching the dog. t king icking "The blows he gave it were sickening but it wouldn't release its grip.
" I bet that's the way the dog is treated which has made it more aggressive. I didn't hit the dog. I just held its head steady and folk from the butcher shop threw water over the it.
"I managed to get my hand in its mouth and it let Misty go after about 10 minutes.
"But it grabbed hold of me and locked its jaws around my hand. The teeth went right through the palm of my left hand. My right hand was bitten as well."
Eric had surgery on his hand because of damage to tendons and nerves.
c Misty had chunks torn out her face, leg and body. Eric said police were called and there is CCTV footage of the attack in Kilmarnock. But no one has been arrested and the dog is still at large.
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POWERFUL Staffordshire bull terriers are strong
INJURIES Eric needed hand surgery and Misty was badly bitten