Grandad has thumb ‘ripped off in horror dog attack’ as police seize animal

A 72-year-old pensioner had his thumb bitten off by a dog in a vicious attack in Scotland.

Police have seized the XL American Bulldog-type in question and the 40-year-old female owner has also been reported to the police.

He was later rushed to a hospital in an ambulance after the attack happened but surgeons were not able to reattach his thumb despite being recovered at the scene by his son.

The attack took place while he walking his dog on Friday morning in Blackburn, West Lothian.

As the pensioner lifted his tiny pooch, named Domino, into his arms to keep him safe, he was knocked to the ground after the bulldogs allegedly broke free from their owner.

He was forced to kick and punch the dogs in an effort to protect himself but suffered numerous bite injuries on his face, neck, body, and hands.

The granddad is now recovering at home with his beloved dog Domino having also sustained broken bones in his hand, the Daily Record reports.

His son, David Jones, said: "Dad was released on Sunday after getting his operation and Domino got out the vets on Friday with injuries to his back legs.

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"The police have told us that the dog has now been seized and is in their custody.

"Dad’s thumb is completely gone and he’s got stitches in his face.

"He’s also got broken bones in one hand and bites on his legs. He’s very quiet and sore."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "A 40-year-old woman is subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal following a dog-on-dog attack near Happy Valley Road in Blackburn around 11am on Friday, 16 July."

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According to Pets4homes, the American bulldog breed is valued for its guard dog quality and "serve as quite the deterrent to would-be intruders".

The American bulldog is the UK's 25th most popular dog type out of a total of 241, despite not being considered a pedigree by the Kennel Club.

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