A dog walker had part of her finger bitten off by an out-of-control STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER as she tried to stop it attacking her pet Rosie. Chrissie Smith, 55, had taken the terrier crossbreed for an afternoon walk at a nature reserve in Ronkswood, in Worcestershire, when the crazed dog savaged Rosie.
The Staffie clamped its jaws around Rosie's neck, lifted her off her front paws and started shaking her. Mrs Smith desperately grabbed hold of the collar and tried to wrestle Rosie free but the Staffordshire bull terrier then bit her and tore off a chunk of her finger.
She said: 'My dog would have been killed if it hadn't bitten me instead.'
Mrs Smith, an administration assistant, required an operation at hospital and has been told it could take another 15 months until she is pain free.
West Mercia Police are now investigating the attack, which took place in Ronkswood Hill Meadow, between 3pm and 5pm on December 19.
Recalling the horrifying ordeal, Mrs Smith said as she entered the field a woman, who was walking two dark brown Staffies, shouted to her 'my dog doesn't like small dogs'.
Mrs Smith said the male dog started sniffing Rosie and then suddenly pounced on her back.
She explained: 'It jumped on her back and bit her on the scruff of her neck before lifting her off her front paws and started shaking her.
'I grabbed hold of the collar and tried pulling it backwards. I don't know how but then it bit me.
'It happened so quickly I didn't realise the end of my finger had come off and, I guess because of the shock, I can't really remember what the woman looked like.
'I somehow kept hold of the collar so the owner could put it on the lead.
'She had two primary school aged children with her - what if it goes for them? What if it went for their face or worse?
'I don't know how safe it would be now after it's bitten someone.'
She added: 'I'm an animal lover. I wouldn't want to see a dog put down, but I'm worried it could be a danger to other people and other animals.
'I want her or anyone who knows her to get in touch with police because all I keep thinking is it could happen again to another dog or another owner.
'She shouted over to me that it didn't like small dogs so, to me, that meant she knew the dog was dangerous.
'She should have had it on a lead with a muzzle. My dog would have been killed if it hadn't bitten me instead.'
A fellow dog walker with a Labrador offered to take her to hospital and drop Rosie with a friend.
At Worcestershire Royal Hospital, she had five injections to numb the pain, a tetanus shot and then an operation two days later.
Rosie also went into shock and had puncture wounds to her neck and has since developed problems with her liver.
Mrs Smith added: 'I went onto the field for the first time at the weekend. For nearly three weeks I didn't dare go on there because I was so scared.
'Rosie just freezes now whenever she sees any other dogs and has problems with her liver now. She just hasn't been the same since.'
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident 567S 191216.