Chef cycling to work mauled by non-dangerous pit bull in appalling attack

A 28-year-old chef sustained horrific injuries after he was attacked by a pit bull as he cycled to work.

Mark McDuff was riding to his job as a hotel kitchen cook on Sunday morning when he was set upon by the dog.

The vicious canine got hold of Mark and bit him on the arm and legs, severing a tendon in his thigh.

He also suffered a huge laceration on his arm and multiple puncture wounds on his legs.

Pit bulls are banned in the UK, but the owner of this particular animal had an exemption because it was deemed non-dangerous.

The incident took place around 6.15am on June 13 as Mark made his way to work at the Mercure Hotel in St Helens, Merseyside.

It was reported to police by a woman driving a red Renault van, who arrived at the scene and put the animal in the back of the vehicle before driving away.

Police have confirmed that a man has been arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control, in connection with the attack.

They described it as an "appalling incident". Emergency services attended the scene and Mark, who's from St Helens, was taken to Whiston Hospital hospital with serious injuries.

He has since been discharged and is now recovering at home.

Mark didn't want to speak at length about the ordeal, but said: "I'm not doing too bad, just taking each day as they come."

Following enquiries, police located the Renault van at an address in St Helens and seized the pit bull.

The arrested man, aged 25, has been released under investigation while a 44-year-old woman attended a police station for an interview in connection with the incident.

Police enquiries into the attack remain ongoing.

Inspector John Cooke said: "This was an appalling incident leaving a man seriously injured and I want to make it clear that we will not tolerate irresponsible dog ownership.

"It is a criminal offence to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control and dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their dog does not inflict such terrible injuries on anyone.

"I would also ask anyone with information about this incident or dangerous dogs in their area to contact us so that we can take action."

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