The attack happened by the sea in Sidmouth, Devon
But Craig Smith heroically prevented his 10-month-old Boston terrier, Manu, from suffering severe injuries in the ordeal. A stranger’s Staffie pounced as Craig and partner Marie Lawrence were enjoying a stroll, Devon Live reports.
Marie fears Manu would have died had Craig not intervened in the incident in Sidmouth, Devon.
She said: ”Suddenly, without any warning a Staffie moved around the front of its owner and lunged at Manu.
”Craig dived on to the floor to try and get Manu’s head out of the Staffie’s mouth.
”There was blood everywhere, Manu was screaming, I was screaming.
”The Staffie owner showed no concern for me, my partner or our dog, he just shouted at us and walked off.”
Craig has hurt his hand and is unable to work
There was blood everywhere, Manu was screaming, I was screaming
”I am so disgusted, there was blood pouring from my partner’s hand.
”My dog was bleeding. If Craig hadn’t intervened I am certain Manu would be dead.”
Marie dashed her partner to hospital where he was treated for cuts to his hand. It is now bandaged and he is on antibiotics to prevent infection.
Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the attack as, according to Marie, the owner of the Staffie showed no concern at all.
”When I said to him why have you not got a muzzle on your dog he just pointed at me and said ‘its your dog’s ******** fault,” Marie added.
Manu is a 10-month-old boxer
Marie – who has had pets her whole life – says they were walking along with Manu on a one-metre long lead when the incident took place.
She said: ”As we were walking I saw the man coming along the other way with his Staffie, which was on a lead.
”We are fairly new to the area so we never let our dogs off the lead.
”The Staffie was on the opposite side of its owner so there was a gap between Manu and his Staffie.”
The Staffie began to make its way around its owner and without any warning lunged and had Manu’s entire head in its mouth.
Marie said: ”Manu was screaming.
”I was screaming and crying.
Manu has cuts and grazes all down his neck following the attack
”The dog owner was shouting at Craig telling him to get off.
”There was blood everywhere.”
The couple, from Sidmouth, have been stung with a vet bill of more than £250 as Manu was severely injured, including bleeding behind his eye, bruising to both eyes and cuts and grazes. The dog is on painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication.
Marie added: ”It was such a strong well-built dog.
”I don’t blame the breed, I’ve met some lovely Staffies.
”He just had no control over his own dog.
”My dog couldn’t get to his dog, it was his dog that approached mine.
”I am just so disgusted that he showed no concern for me, my partner or our dog.
”The lack of morality and dignity.
”A human and a tiny puppy are both bleeding because of his dog, and he didn’t even ask if we were okay or offer to pay for the vet bill.”
Police have seen these images and are investigating
Passersby saw the ordeal and rushed to help Marie and Craig.
”It was so terrifying, I don’t know how Craig stuck his hand in there,” Marie said.
”If that was a child that went near it, I dread to think what would have happened.
”The local people in Sidmouth were so fantastic and lovely and they really helped us.
”One person ran after the man and got his photograph.”
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: ”Police are investigating a report that a dog attacked a man and his puppy while walking along the Esplanade in Sidmouth on Sunday , March 7, at around 3.30pm.
”The dog reportedly bit the puppy and then the owner of the puppy’s hand when he intervened. A man in his 30s sustained a cut to his hand in the incident.
”The owner of the offending dog was reportedly unapologetic and walked away from the scene.
”The owner of the dog, is described as being approximately 50–60 years old with grey and black hair and was wearing blue jeans, a green hooded jumper with black and white trainers. The dog was a brindle coloured Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 pr via email at [email protected] and quoting crime reference CR/017909/21.