He went for a walk with his girlfriend and her pooch and ended up being savaged by a crazed dog.
Shaun Banks was left with a chunk of flesh ripped from his arm and bite marks after being attacked by a large dog, believed to be a bull mastiff.
The 21-year-old from High Spen, Gateshead, was walking with his girlfriend at nearby Derwent Haugh Park when the ferocious dog set upon the couple’s Cocker Spaniel cross poodle, Alfie.
Shaun was immediately taken to hospital and has had to undergo plastic surgery to repair the damage to his arm. He has also been left with suspected nerve damage and lacerations to his stomach.
The wounds sustained by Shaun Banks after he was attacked by a dog
Today, girlfriend Anna Baker, 22, told how her “hero boyfriend” stepped in when the animal started attacking her helpless pet.
The primary school teacher who lives in Rowlands Gill said: “It was just awful and all I can remember is screaming when the dog went for Alfie.
“Shaun jumped in and picked up Alfie but the mastiff started attacking him instead. He was shouting “It’s got a hold of me!”
“I started hitting the dog and eventually it let go of Shaun. Soon after, I went into a state of shock.
“I can’t believe how brave Shaun was, it was a really heroic thing for him to do. That dog would have easily killed Alfie and probably caused me serious injuries if he hadn’t stepped in.”
Anna immediately called an ambulance for Shaun and reported the dog’s owner to the police.