An elderly man had a ‘chunk of his arm’ ripped off by a dog in a savage attack that left his bone exposed.Charles Brown, 82, was left bleeding in a ditch after the attack last Friday in a park in Derby. After Charles was bitten by the ‘black, muscular Labrador’ his owner fled the scene.
He ran off shouting: ‘He’s had his injections, you’ll be fine’ then blamed his pet’s actions on it being a ‘rescue dog’.
Charles, a retired builder, managed to call wife Ann, 74, who rushed him to A&E, where he was told he would need a skin graft to repair the damage.
He said: ‘The force of the dog was indescribable and it knocked me over onto my back. My lower body is all bruised, my back is twisted, and the flesh of my arm was nowhere to be seen.
‘I don’t know if the dog ate it or not, but it was gone, I remember laying in bed that evening and noticing how much flesh was gone.
‘He leapt straight for my neck so I put my arm in the way and he got a hold of that, when I looked down after being slammed to the ground, I could see bone.’
No, it’s not just to make themselves look adorable. Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators.
Charles fell back into a ditch and said he was left in ‘so much pain’.
He added: ‘I knew it was serious.
‘My arm was bleeding continuously, there was so much of it and the man whose dog attacked me had already made his escape.
‘It’s a good thing that I’m OK, my biggest worry now is what if it happens again to a small child, I’m not sure they would be able to defend themselves so it could be fatal.’Ann, Charles’s wife, said: ‘I just can’t believe the man abandoned him, it’s disgusting, we want to find the culprit before this happens again.’
Derbyshire police confirmed they are investigating the attack in Shelton Lock on July 19 and urged anyone with information to contact them quoting crime reference number 19000377990.