Pensioner Tony Sherborne spent three days in hospital with these horrific head wounds after being savaged by dogs in a Sheffield suburb.
Tony, aged 71, was walking his beloved pet dog Max when the little lhasa apso was mauled by two bull mastiffs running loose.
The retired paint-sprayer and cleaner had to prise open the jaws of one of the snarling strays to save six-year-old Max – and while he was wrestling with one dog the other turned on him, biting his head and both hands.
The bloody attack was so severe Mr Sherborne needed 30 stitches for the wounds to his head, and another 15 for the bites on his hands.
Little Max also needed stitches after being bitten repeatedly by the two dogs – leaving Mr Sherborne and his wife Sue with a vet’s bill for £1,000.
Police are now investigating the attack.
Recalling his ordeal Mr Sherborne, from Shirecliffe, Sheffield, said: “My dog Max was on his lead, and I could see these two loose dogs coming towards me.
“All of a sudden one of them got hold of Max and picked him up in its mouth.
“I dropped down on to my knees to protect Max and I grabbed the dog that had him in its mouth. I had to prise its jaws open to pull him away.
“While I was trying to fend it off the other one came at me, biting me all over my head.”
Mr Sherborne was walking on open land behind the recycling site on Longley Avenue West when the loose dogs struck.
He said he managed to keep hold of one of the stray dogs long enough to tie it to a nearby fence.
“I didn’t want it getting off, and either getting Max again or getting some other pet or dog walker,” he said.
“People at the dump-it site came out to help me and they called the police and an ambulance because blood was pouring from my head and into my eyes so I could barely see.”
Police seized the dog that Mr Sherborne had tied to the fence – but the other animal ran away.
He added that he is angry and disappointed that his daily walk with his pet dog has left him so seriously injured and out of pocket.
He said: “The dog should have been shot by the police there and then – they are both dangerous.
“I am also upset we have had to find all this money for the vet through no fault of our own.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The incident has been reported and we are investigating.”