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Sophie Brownson & Neil Shaw

Man may need plastic surgery after 10-minute attack by pit bull

A man was left needing hospital treatment after being attacked by a dog as he walked down the street. Keith Richards was attacked by a Pit Bull as he walked his Border Terrier.

The 44-year-old told ChronicleLive he suffered bites on his arm, shoulder blade, collarbone and to the right side of his body in a 10-minute attack. Keith has also been left unable to work as a window cleaner while his injuries heal. He may need plastic surgery.

Keith said: "I saw a lass holding on for dear life to a pit bull. It got out of her hands and had no muzzle on. I threw my dog onto the top of the car and then the pit bull went absolutely beserk and began ripping me to pieces.

"All of the people who were trying to help had to run back into their houses because it was going for them."

Keith said the woman with the dog, and the three other people she was with, left the scene after the attack. He contacted the police immediately after the incident and went to hospital. "I realised my injuries were that bad that I had to go to hospital," Keith said.

"It looks like I have been attacked by a bear." He added: "I have quite a few puncture wounds. Doctors have talked about me needing plastic surgery.

"It has bitten three big chunks out of me. One of the marks is near my collarbone. If it had [attacked] a shorter person it could have killed them."

Police said they have launched an investigation into the incident and urged anyone with information to come forward.

A spokeswoman said: “At around 8.40pm on February 14, police received a report a dangerous dog had bitten a man in North Tyneside. It was reported a 44-year-old was walking on Archer Street when a group with a Pit Bull passed him.

“The dog has then attacked the man, causing injuries to his right-hand side. The group have left the scene without assisting the man.

“An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police using the “Tell us Something” page of our website, quoting crime reference 019697X/23.”

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