Dog attack victim 'feared for his life'

Published Monday, 24 March 2014
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A man has told UTV how he "feared for his life" when a dog launched on him in an unprovoked attack in north Belfast and bit part of his ear off.

Dog attack victim 'feared for his life'
Ryan Somervile was attacked by a dog last week. (© UTV)

Ryan Somervile, 32, was in the area of Tyndale Gardens last Thursday where he was working.

The Belfast landscape gardener bent down to tie his shoe laces when the American Akita type dog leapt on him.

"It just launched at me, I was really scared. All I remember seeing was the dog up close, there was lots of blood.

"If my colleagues weren't there...God knows what could have happened, I could have died, it could have tore my face off."

Ryan needed 20 stitches to his injured ear and doctors were unable to save what had been bitten off.

The father-of-one has said he wants the dog to be found as he is worried it could approach a child.

The police and the dog warden have both been informed of the incident last week and are investigating.

Ryan now has to wait until Friday to find out if doctors can carry out re-constructive surgery to rebuild his ear.

© UTV News
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norman.d in bangor wrote (213 days ago):
why do people keep these dangerous dogs its time they were banned this man is lucky if that had been a child it does not bear thinking what would have happened
Rab in Belfast wrote (213 days ago):
There was also one of these dogs running loose in the area were this guy lives,it was roaming the streets for weeks the woman who owned it didn't care it was only a pup she thought.still the size of a fully grown labrador!
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