Jun 17 2010
A DAD suffered horrific injuries when he was attacked by his American bulldog during England’s World Cup game against the USA.
John Elliot, 24, had his bottom lip torn off when his pet turned on him – and says his daughter could have been killed by the crazed animal.
He was watching the second half of England’s World Cup opener on Saturday night when he heard the three-year-old dog growling in another room.
He walked in to find the dog, named Bully, attacking another of his dogs but when he went to separate them the animal attacked.
Bully clamped his jaws around John’s arm, fracturing it and leaving severe bite marks. When John freed himself Bully leapt for his throat, but John managed to move meaning the dog bit his face instead.
After he got free John was taken to hospital where he was given 52 stitches. Because of nerve damage he can no longer feel his bottom lip.
As the drama unfolded John’s girlfriend Amy Arrol, 21, protected their ten-month-old daughter Kenzzie Elliot. Amy’s three other children were sleeping upstairs.
Now John wants to warn other American bulldog owners just what their pet could be capable of.
“You read about all these horrific dog attacks,” John said. “But until this happened I had no idea just what an American bulldog could do in this situation. I just hope that people understand how powerful these dogs are.
“We’d had him for a year, he was a family pet. The crazy thing is when I first got him the police thought he was an illegal breed and took him away for testing.
“They eventually gave him back and said he was legal.
“I’ve had lots of dogs before and I’ve never been in a position where one has turned on me like that, but this has convinced me that it can happen to anyone.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that if the dog had got hold of my daughter he would have killed her.
“My lip was hanging off my face, it was horrible.”
Amy immediately called Coventry Police following the attack at their Aldermans Green Road home.
They arrived and took Bully away. At John and Amy’s request he was destroyed.
John has now given away his other two dogs and temporarily moved back to his parent’s house, in Henley Green, because he cannot face returning to the scene of the incident.
“As far as I’m concerned those dogs should be subject to tighter controls,” John said. “I’m relieved Bully was destroyed.
“When I saw him coming for my face I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen to me.
“But despite the injuries I’m just relieved that it was me and not my daughter who was hurt.”
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