A grandma suffered life-changing leg injuries when she was mauled by a dog in front of her terrified grandchildren.
Theresa Anderson needed a skin graft as doctors battled to save her leg after the attack from the Staffie-type dog in Barrow, Cumbria.
Fortunately, her 10-year-old grandson Zak and four-year-old granddaughter Eleanor were safe as Theresa, 65, had briefly left them in her car.
But she was badly hurt – and as a result of her injuries is unable to go on a pre-booked, three-week holiday to the Maldives.
Theresa said: ‘Every time I close my eyes I hear and see (the dog).’Disabled mother has no money left after son, 10, spends £1,000 playing Fortnite
The grandmother-of-17 had arrived at her eldest son’s flat to check if he was at home, but the dog launched itself at her as she reached the top of a flight of stairs.
She was dragged outside before a nearby builder chased it away and called an ambulance.
She said: ‘It was all a blur – I just can’t believe it.
‘I’m just glad it wasn’t my grandchildren, they’re only small, and the youngest would have been killed.
‘I thought ‘oh my god this is it isn’t it’, but luckily Zak had realised what had happened and made sure his little sister couldn’t see.’
Theresa spent seven hours in surgery at Royal Preston Hospital, and although doctors saved her leg, she was told she may be left with walking problems.
It is understood the dog’s owner has had the animal put down.
Theresa added: ‘You don’t get ‘dangerous dogs’ you just get bad owners.’
A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: ‘Officers are investigating the incident for the potential offence of a dog being dangerously out of control.’