Wednesday, December 30, 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH ENGLAND - ON CHRISTMAS EVE JOHN STAINTHORPE WAS WALKING HIS 2 SHIH TZUS IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD AS HE HAS DONE FOR YEARS WHEN HE REALIZED HE WAS BEING "STALKED" BY A PIT BULL

Shitzus Star and Zack


Shih tzus Zack and Star required vet treatment after being stalked and attacked while walking with grandad-of-five John Stainthorpe


A grandad who fought off a PIT BULLTERRIER as it attacked his dogs wants to thank passers-by who came to his aid.
Grandad-of-five John Stainthorpe has walked his two shih tzus, Zack and Star, around close to his home on Somerset Road, Grangetown , without incident for years.
But that changed in a savage morning attack, which began when the 62-year-old realised he was being stalked.
John said: “It was about 8.30am. As I was walking along Monmouth Road, I got so far down when I noticed this pit bull dog walking behind me.
Monmouth Road in Grangetown
“I didn’t like it being behind me so I turned into the car park area thinking I’d come back round near Somerset Road.
“Next thing I know the bulldog had Zack, the smallest one, by the neck.
“I was on the floor fighting with him. I had my hands in his mouth.
“I never thought that as a 62-year-old I’d be on the floor fighting a pit bull.”
As John fought to release the pit bull’s jaws from Zack, he called out to passers-by for help.
“I was shouting at the top of my voice,” said John.
“Eventually I managed to get him off, but he bit my hand really hard.
“Zack ran away but the pit bull got Star by the neck .
“I shouted to this woman and she said she was going to get someone.
“This man came out and tackled the pit bull. It took him about ten to 15 minutes to get him off.
“By this time more people had arrived. A lady put Star in her car while I went searching for Zack who had ran home.
“In all the shock, I didn’t get anybody’s name or address.
“I wanted to thank them - it could have been a lot worse. What if that had been a child?”
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman confirmed a pit bull dog has been seized and taken away by officer. She added inquiries are ongoing.
Both Zack and Star required vet treatment for bites in the incident on Christmas Eve while John suffered cuts to his hands and was given a tetanus injection as a precaution.
John said: “These dogs are my family - I want to thank the people who stopped to help.”


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