Man sustains serious injuries after unprovoked attack by dangerous 'bull mastiff-type dog' on the street
Police later seized the dog, and a 53-year-old man has also been detained on suspicion of having an uncontrollable, dangerous dog
SHEFFIELD , ENGLAND: An unbelievable video from Sheffield , UK, has captured the moment a dog attacks a man and drags him onto the road. After this, a car attempts to ram the big dog to scare it off.
The CCTV footage shows a man holding a small black dog over his shoulder as a larger, tan "bull mastiff-type" dog appears to snap at his arm. The man is wearing a blue fleece and dark pants.
The dog walker tries to fend off the animal, but it locks its jaws around his forearm, causing him to lose his balance and get dragged onto the street by the rabid dog.
Police arrest owner and seize dangerous dog
The attack only comes to an end after a red BMW hatchback rams the dog to make him let go of the injured man.
Police later seized the dog, and a 53-year-old man has also been detained on suspicion of having an uncontrollable, dangerous dog.
The dog attack victim was taken to the hospital with severe bite marks on his chest and arm.
South Yorkshire Police address the violent dog attack
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "Officers investigating an incident where a dog bit a man in a Sheffield street have made an arrest. At about 5.40pm yesterday (Tuesday, September 19) we were called by a member of the public to report another member of the public had been bitten by a dog on Handsworth Road," as reported by YorkShireLive.
Spokesperson added, "The man received serious injuries to his arm and chest but these are not thought to be life-changing or life-threatening. Officers trapped the dog – a bull mastiff-type dog — in a contained area and were eventually able to seize it and safely remove it from the location."
Injuries to the victim were severe but not life-threatening
Injuries to the victim were severe but not life-threatening, according to South Yorkshire Police, who confirmed that officers were called to the scene on Handsworth Road.
Officers are urging any witnesses or anyone with more videos to come forward and provide information about the incident.
UK government bans American Bully XL dogs
Following an increase in fatal maulings, the United Kingdom government decided to prohibit American Bully XL dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act, which is in force in England, Wales, and Scotland, as reported by Daily Mail.
Since 2021, the breed of dogs has been responsible for the majority of fatal dog attacks in the UK, having killed 10 of the 14 victims of deadly rampages during that time.
A Bully XL claimed five lives in UK in 2023
Between 2021 and 2022, the number of fatalities brought on by dog attacks more than doubled, rising from four to a record-breaking ten.
A Bully XL was involved in two out of every four fatal dog attacks in the UK in 2021, up from at least six out of ten the year before. This year, the breed has claimed the lives of two people.
The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, declared last week that the dogs will be banned by the end of the year, as reported by the New York Times.