A dad has recalled the terrifying moment he and his heavily pregnant wife were set upon by two vicious dogs as they attempted to save their own pet from being mauled.
Chloe and Kevin Watson were out for a stroll with their Jack Russell Archie when he was attacked by two pitbull-type canines.
As the couple tried to save their beloved pet, both were badly bitten by the frenzied creatures on a footpath close to Scotswood road in Newcastle, according to Chronicle Live.
Kevin was able to stumble bleeding to the busy road to flag down a passing lorry that stopped to help the pair.
Chloe, who was eight months pregnant when attack took place last month, was swiftly taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s maternity unit to be looked over.
Thankfully the 26-year-old has since given birth to a healthy baby girl, but both Chloe and Kevin needed plastic surgery to repair their wounds and are likely to be scarred for life.
And today as police continue their hunt for the danger dogs’ owner, Kevin has told of their ordeal.
The 28-year-old said: “We are both scarred for life. But the most important thing is he is still out there with those two dogs.”
Chloe and Kevin, from Dumpling Hall, near Lemington, were taking Archie for his teatime walk, on August 12 when the drama unfolded at around 5.15pm.
The couple were following their regular route along the Hadrian’s Way footpath just off Scotswood Road, opposite B&Q, when they noticed a man sitting down with two dogs.
“Then out of nowhere one of them slipped its collar and just launched on my dog,” Kevin explained. “We believe it was a pitbull and they lock their jaws.”
Kevin said the owner came over and tried to get his dog off Archie, but the little terrier lost consciousness.
Then after the dog let go of Archie it turned on Kevin, he said.
“It took a chunk out of my arm,” he said. “Luckily it didn’t lock its jaw, but by this point the second dog was on my dog.”
Chloe managed to pick Archie up, but then she too was bitten a number of times as she tried to protect the pet.
Realising they needed to get help, the couple made their way to Scotswood Road.
“To be honest you don’t have a chance to think at the time,” said Kevin. “The adrenalin took over and I walked to the road. I had to use my right arm to put pressure on my left arm that had been bitten. So I kicked my legs to try and get vehicles to stop.
“Luckily a lorry driver stopped. He grabbed Archie and put him in his cab, then the other dog ran away. I knew Archie needed to get rushed to the vets, and I needed to get to hospital.”
Kevin got a taxi to the Royal Victoria Infirmary while Chloe took Archie to the vets.
Kevin’s parents then took Chloe to the maternity unit to be checked over.
“The baby was all fine thankfully, and a plastic surgeon went to see her,” said Kevin. “We were really worried about the baby.”
Kevin, who is in the RAF, was also seen by a plastic surgeon who told him the bite had gone through his arm’s skin and fat, but stopped at the muscle meaning there had fortunately been no nerve damage.
Just over three weeks later Chloe, a medical administrator, gave birth to baby Maeva.
Meanwhile Archie, who suffered around 10 puncture wounds is making a good recovery.
But Kevin remains angry that the dogs that attacked his family, and their owner have still not been traced.
“The two dogs were out of control,” he said. “They didn’t respond to any of his commands. It was like they were fighting dogs and our dog was bait.”
Police are still appealing for information about the incident and asking the dogs’ owner to come forward.
He is described as a slim, white male in his 30s or 40s, he has balding hair and was wearing all green. He had a sleeping bag on the ground with him at the time.
His dogs are described as being a light tanned colour, one male wearing a black collar and one female wearing a pink collar. Their ears had not been cropped.
The man, or anyone who knows him is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting log ref 276 130821.