A grandfather has been forced to put down his dog of 16 years after it was savagely attacked by another dog that was determined to kill.
Neil Sheppard was walking with Oliver in Singleton, Perth, on Thursday when a staffie ran straight towards Oliver and latched onto him.
Unable to separate the canines Mr Sheppard sustained injuries to his hand and is now facing plastic surgery,
reported Seven News.
'This dog hit Oliver with a massive crash, I didn't know what had happen, I didn't know where he'd come from, and the dog had latched onto him and started tearing him to pieces,' Mr Sheppard said.
'The dog just goes straight for the kill ...there was no hesitation, there was no barking, there wasn't a growl, there wasn't a fight.'
Oliver's leg was so severely damaged the bone was visible, his body was partly skinned and his fur was left at the scene.
It wasn't until a woman with a two-year-old attempted to separate the canines did the staffie let go.
Mr Sheppard was left with no option but to put down his beloved pet despite taking him to the vet.
'He died in my arms and we said goodbye and he went away peacefully,' Mr Sheppard said.
The owner of the staffie is known to rangers but it is unknown whether the dog has been seized.