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Vicious dog attack causes serious injury

Posted in: Animal Attacks Neck Injuries 

A 33-year-old Yorkshire man has been rushed to hospital following a vicious dog attack in the Gleadless area yesterday afternoon. Police were called to the area when it was reported that a Staffordshire bull-terrier cross-breed dog had mauled the man, who is as yet unnamed, inflicting injuries that a neighbour described as “terrible”. He said: “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life”.  The victim has sustained serious injuries to his neck and was rushed to hospital, where his condition is being described as critical.

A spokesman from South Yorkshire Police force said: “A report was made to police at around 4.20pm yesterday afternoon that a 33-year-old man had been attacked by a dog at a property on Spring Close View, Sheffield”. He continued: “Officers attended and seized the dog, which has visually been confirmed as a Pit Bull Terrier type dog”. The dog is now being held in police kennels.

“blood all over his face”

The breed was outlawed in 1991, however it was decided at the time that owners could keep their dogs if they were deemed safe. The dog’s owner, a 36-year-old man from the same area, was arrested for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Animal Welfare Act of 2006 for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. He has since been released on bail. 

A neighbour who was present at the time described how he heard “commotion” and heard someone run past saying “I’ll get the ambulance”. He saw the victim being wheeled out to the ambulance and stated: “He looked in a bad way.  There was blood all over his face”.

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