Walker wrestled with mad dog after it attacked his pet in Hartlepool back street

Keith Morgan with his dog, Scrappy, which was attacked by a bull mastiff when Keith was walking him. Keith says he spent 10 minutes getting the bull mastiff off his dogand was bitten in the process.

Keith Morgan with his dog, Scrappy, which was attacked by a bull mastiff when Keith was walking him. Keith says he spent 10 minutes getting the bull mastiff off his dogand was bitten in the process.

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A HORRIFIED dog walker wrestled with a bull terrier after it suddenly sank its teeth into the neck of a beloved pet.

Keith Morgan was walking three small dogs in Hartlepool when the larger dog ran out of a back yard and clamped its jaws on the Yorkshire Terrier’s neck.

He was bitten on the hand as he desperately fought with the bull terrier type dog before managing to release it.

The Yorkshire Terrier, called Scrappy, who belongs to Keith’s daughter Nicola Morgan has been left with a gaping wound that will take up to two months to heal.

The attack happened at around 7.30pm on Saturday when Keith was walking Nicola’s two dogs and his own Yorkshire Terrier down a back street between Sandringham Road and Sheriff Street.

Keith said: “The street was quiet and just as I walked past this gate it shot open and in a split second this big bull terrier had hold of one of the little Yorkie’s by the neck.

“On instinct I got hold of the big dog’s head and wrestled with it for over five minutes, although hit seemed longer, before I could free it.

“It was just horrendous. In the end I forced my fingers into the dog’s mouth behind its front and back teeth and somehow I managed to get enough to release the dog.

“It put its teeth right through my fingers in the process.

“It was really frightening.”

Keith, 59, who runs his own gardening business, said four young men came out of the house where the dog came from and tried to help but said they could not control it.

He added: “A lot of kids play in that back street. I dread to think what would happen if one did it to a small child.”

Keith and Nicola took Scrappy to an emergency vets in Middlesbrough on Sunday where he was sedated.

Supermarket worker Nicola, 37, of the Brierton area of town, said: “He has been left with a big gaping wound.

“The vet said they could not stich it because of the risk of infection. After it happened his full body was in shock.”

They have reported the incident to police who initially said they could not investigate and it was a civil matter.

But after speaking to them on Wednesday again Keith said they were now looking into it.

Yesterday, the Mail reported a similar incident in the Fens area of Hartlepool where another dog was attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier which was on the loose.

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