HARROGATE, NORTH YORKSHIRE ENGLAND - A BOXER BEING WALKED BY ITS OWNER WAS ATTACKED BY A LOOSE PIT BULL TERRIER - THEN THE OWNER OF THE PIT TOOK HIS MAULER AND FLED
Harvey, the Boxer Dog, was being walked near St John Fisher's by its owners at around 8.45pm when it was attacked by the AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER.
The Pit Bull ran over towards Harvey, pinned him down and began biting and attacking him, before one of his owners raced over and attempted to pull the dog off.
However, the Pit Bull managed to knock over the man and bite his hand before he was eventually able to restrain the dog.
The Pit Bull and its owner left the scene with Harvey and his owner lying injured and "blooded" on the ground.
The man was taken to Harrogate and District hospital while Harvey was taken to the vets to have two emergency operations.
The man has now been released from hospital but his son, Adam Wood, revealed that Harvey remains in the emergency vets fighting an infection from a bite wound.
Police have confirmed they are looking into this "distressing" incident and are making efforts to identify the Pit Bull and the man who appeared to be its owner.
Adam has also urged members of the public to help identify the man and his Pit Bull and warned the outcome of the attack could have been much worse.
He said: "It could have so easily been a child walking their dog or an elderly couple and I imagine the outcome would have been even worse.
"My dad is doing well, although his arm and hand are a bit of a mess and in a sling, but I'm sure he will recover fine.
"Harvey on the other hand is still in the emergency vets and not doing great. He's had two operations and fighting a bad infection from one of the bite wounds, so fingers crossed he will pull through."
The man is described as being in his mid to late 30's, medium height and stocky build while the American Pit Bull is charcoal in colour.
Pit Bull Terriers are banned in the UK under the Dangerous Dogs Act along with the Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentino and the Fila Braziliero.
Anyone with information is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Graham Harding. Or email Graham.Harding@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Quote reference number 12160123955.