Thugs set their dog on victim's face as he was held down
Police are investigating an assault which saw two men set a vicious dog to gnaw on their victim’s face as they held him down.
The injured man underwent surgery yesterday following the horror attack in the Stonehouse Creek area.
Investigators say the injured man, aged in his early 40s, was near the social club at around 4.30pm on Tuesday when he was attacked by a black Staffordshire bull terrier.
The man told police he tried to shoo the dog away with his foot and it then ran off.
However, as he continued to walk towards City College, two men approached him and attacked him, knocking him unconscious to the ground.
The man told officers the next thing he knew he was coming round to find pressure on his back – believed to be the two men holding him down – and the dog repeatedly biting his face and head.
The attackers and dog then left the area.
As a result of the assault the man was left with puncture wounds to his face, head and both legs, bruising and cuts to his face which needed to be glued and stitched.
In addition to these injuries a chunk of his left earlobe was ripped off by the dog during the attack.
The man remains at Derriford Hospital and had an operation yesterday afternoon.
Investigators want to hear from anyone who has information about the attackers or who was in the area around this time.
One of the men was described as being white, around 5ft 6ins tall and of stocky build. He wore a brown waist-length jacket, blue jeans and white trainers.
The second man was slightly taller with dark or wavy hair.
Both suspects were aged in their 30s and spoke in a foreign language. The man told police they may have been Eastern European.
The dog involved was described as a large-built black Staffordshire bull terrier with a white flash somewhere on its front.
If you can assist police, recognise the dog or the suspects or were in the area, contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference EC/13/9315.