A U.K. man who repeatedly bit a Staffordshire Bull Terrier on the face will not be prosecuted by the authorities for a very good reason.
When a dog bites a man it’s not news, but when a man bites a dog, you can bet your bottom dollar that hordes of happy hacks will begin to froth at the mouth and snarl, “Hold the front page.”
In general, people don’t tend to go around biting dogs all that much. It’s just not the civilized thing to do. True, in some countries they still eat dogs, but here in the West we view our pet hounds somewhat differently.
The deep affection and love that a proud owner has for his dog can lead to some pretty extreme measures if their beloved barker is threatened in any way, shape, or form.
In fact, when your pooch is threatened it can turn even the most laid-back person into something of a mad dog.
Just ask 26-year-old Luke Shearer from Coventry.
Luke and his 59-year-old father were happily walking Luke’s beloved three-year-old Husky, named Sky, to his grandma’s house one fine morning when, out of nowhere, the gates of hell were opened on his world, and leading the charge was an out of control and rabid Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The berserk beast steamed straight into an unsuspecting Sky and went straight for the poor husky’s neck. Once it had Sky’s neck firmly between it’s jaws, the Staffie refused to let go.
In a life or death situation, Luke reacted the best way he could to save his dog from a grizzly end.
Luke told the Coventry Telegraph:
“It happened so quick. We were walking to cut my grandma’s hedge so luckily we had some shears with us. The dog came and jumped at Sky’s neck, and it was life or death for my dog, so I just reacted and hit it with what I had. My dad was hitting it with his walking stick but that didn’t work, so I stabbed it four or five times in the spinal column, but it kept coming. I jumped on it and started biting its face until it let go.”
Somewhat depressingly, the whole drama was filmed by vicarious spectators on their mobile phones — and that has angered both Luke and his father.
Dad Derek said:
“It was three minutes of pure hell. People were filming and laughing, not one person helped.”
“I thought I had broken my arm, they could have called an ambulance or the police but they just filmed. What world are we living in where they stand there and film rather than phoning for help? It’s irresponsible.”
It transpired that the Staffie had escaped from being walked by two young children just prior to the attack taking place.
“The kids were terrified, it’s not their fault, it’s their parents. It’s like sending them out with a loaded gun to play with. Now I’m worried about the dog, I’m worried it hasn’t been taken to a vet to get treatment.”
Police are still trying to trace the owner of the rouge dog, but thankfully Sky will make a full recovery.