Talke dog attack victim Antony Pulizzi fears Rottweilers Posh and Becks could strike again
THE owner of a dog which was mauled by two Rottweilers fears they will attack again if they are allowed to live.
Animal lover Antony Pulizzi says he suffered bites to his hands as he tried to wrestle bulldog Harry from the jaws of his neighbour's pets, Posh and Becks.
The 47-year-old admits it upsets him to think the dogs will be put down but he is scared they may attack again.
The Sentinel reported last week how Staffordshire Police have applied to the courts for an order which could lead to Posh and Becks being destroyed.
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Mr Pulizzi, who had to take 10 days off from his job as an ice-cream man while he recovered from his injuries, said: "I don't want to be responsible for killing the animals, but there's nothing else that can be done to stop them.
"It is not our choice whether a destruction order is granted, that is up to the courts."
Mr Pulizzi, of Swan Bank, Talke, went to four-year-old Harry's aid after hearing squeals coming from the garden last April.
He tried to fight off the Rottweilers with a wheelie bin as they sunk their teeth into Harry's face and neck.
He added: "Harry was sitting by the garden fence as he always does, he was sticking his face under a small gap, and the next minute the dogs got him.
"They pulled him so far under the fence he was trapped.
"We have had to block every little gap in the fence and the gates to try to make sure nothing can get in again.
"Every time Harry hears the neighbour's gate open or close he runs away and won't sit at the top of the garden like he used to.
"Harry is a very caring and playful dog, he doesn't understand viciousness."
Mr Pulizzi, who was hit with a vet's bill for over £200, says he would rather see Posh and Becks placed in a dog's home.
He added: "When the attack happened I asked the police if they could take them to a home, but they said they weren't authorised to do that anymore.
"So what else can we do now? Harry is not safe here, I don't want to take the chance that it could happen again. We might even have to move house."
His wife Sharon, aged 42, said: "The whole thing was terrifying. I heard Antony whistling and Harry squealing and then I looked out to see what was happening.
"When they both came in, I panicked. I had to take my husband to the hospital and the dog to the vets."
Property landlord Mr Hansell has admitted keeping dogs which were out of control when he appeared at North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court.
The 50-year-old, of Swan Bank, Talke, is awaiting a visit from a canine behaviourist before a hearing on September 17.