‘Berserk’ pit bull ripped window cleaner to pieces in horror 10-minute attack
A pit bull "went absolutely berserk" and attacked a man out for a walk with his border terrier in a brutal 10-minute ordeal.
Keith Richards, 44, from Wallsend in North Tyneside, has shared images of the gruesome injuries the dog inflicted on him.
Police have now launched an investigation into the dog attack, reports ChronicleLive.
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Keith, who runs his own window cleaning business, was left needing hospital treatment after the mauling at around 8.15pm on February 14.
He said he suffered bites on his right underarm, shoulder blade, collarbone and to the right side of his body.
Keith has also been left unable to work while his injuries heal and faces the possibility of needing plastic surgery.
"I was walking my dog on Archer Street [in Wallsend] when I saw a lass holding on for dear life to a pit bull," he said.
"It got out of her hands and had no muzzle on. I threw my dog onto the top of the car and then the pit bull went absolutely berserk and began ripping me to pieces.
"All of the people who were trying to help had to run back into their houses because it was going for them."
Keith said the woman with the dog, and the three other people she was with, left the scene after the attack. He contacted the police immediately after the incident and went to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVI) the following day.
"I realised my injuries were that bad that I had to go to hospital," Keith said.
"It looks like I have been attacked by a bear. I have been to the RVI twice and have quite a few puncture wounds. Doctors have talked about me needing plastic surgery.
"It has bitten three big chunks out of me. One of the marks is near my collarbone. If it had [attacked] a shorter person it could have killed them."
Northumbria Police said they have launched an investigation into the incident and urged anyone with information to come forward.
A force spokeswoman said: “At around 8.40pm on February 14, police received a report a dangerous dog had bitten a man in North Tyneside. It was reported a 44-year-old was walking on Archer Street when a group with a pit bull passed him.
“The dog has then attacked the man, causing injuries to his right-hand side. The group have left the scene without assisting the man.
“An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police using the 'Tell us Something' page of our website, quoting crime reference 019697X/23.”
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