A woman has been left with “life-changing injuries” after her own dog launched a frenzied attack upon her.
Police say the injured owner was with her American Bulldog early on Sunday morning when it turned on a young child.
Along with another woman, she jumped in to try and rescue the child from the jaws of the beast, reports Nottinghamshire Live.
But during the heroic efforts, the deranged canine’s fangs tore into her face, arms and stomach at the scene of the vicious attack in Hoylake Crescent, in the Bilborough area of Nottingham.
The dangerous dog was stabbed with a kitchen knife by another resident of the house, in a last-ditch attempt to stop the bloodbath.
An emergency vet decided the injuries sustained by the dog were so severe it would have to be put down.
Both women involved in the attack were raced to doctors by East Midlands Ambulance Service, who called the cops.
Detective Inspector Jon Kerry, of Nottinghamshire’s criminal investigation department, said: “This was an incredibly distressing incident for everyone involved and we are making enquiries to establish how and why it happened.
“It’s devastating that a woman has suffered such serious injuries caused by her own pet.
“We can only be grateful that it didn’t result in far worse consequences had the animal been able to attack the child.
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“Although we don’t believe that the animal was a banned breed, this is a stark reminder to all pet owners not to take any chances with animals around children – particularly if they have ever displayed violent tendencies.”
The horrid attack comes just days after a huge Pit Bull mauled a four-year-old boy in front of shocked Sainsbury’s shoppers.
Witnesses say the dog suddenly leapt up and bit the lad's leg as he ran past him heading towards his dad at the store entrance.
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