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Truro dog Kimbo saves owner in 'vicious' dog attack

Image caption Peter Fitzgerald described his pet dog, Kimbo, as his "hero"

A man has told how his pet dog "saved his life" by fighting off another "vicious" dog as it set on him in a park.

Peter Fitzgerald, 58, said he was barely able to get up after sustaining a serious head wound when a Pitbull Mastiff attacked him.

He had to crawl on his hands and knees to a friend's house and needed a three-hour emergency operation.

Police said they were investigating but no-one had been arrested.

Mr Fitzgerald, a married father of two, was walking his dog Kimbo in Malabar, Truro, on Saturday night.

He said: "The dog jumped on my back and knocked me on the floor, pinned me on the floor and basically started eating the back of my head.

"The next thing I know the weight of the dog is gone and Kimbo's knocked the dog off and has pinned it to the floor. It was all a bit of a blur from there."

Mr Fitzgerald said the owner "just walked away" and left him.

Image caption Mr Fitzgerald underwent a three-hour operation

"I've got god knows how many hundreds of stitches, steel pins, almost three hours of plastic surgery at Derriford [Hospital] to put it all back together... It was very scary," he said.

Mr Fitzgerald said he was concerned that young children often played football in the area where he was set upon.

"I'd never like to see a dog put to sleep on my account, but this dog is very dangerous and needs to be caught," he said.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said it "would like to speak to the owner... and anyone who witnessed the incident".

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