Savage dog attack terrifies pensioner

John Lomax was attacked by two dogs near Hawes Side Lane after trying to help the owner.

John Lomax was attacked by two dogs near Hawes Side Lane after trying to help the owner.

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A PENSIONER today relived the terrifying moment he thought he was going to die when he was attacked by two savage dogs.

John Lomax, who is in his 80s, went to help a woman in distress near Hawes Side Library in Blackpool.

But playing the good samaritan proved costly as her two dogs attacked him, biting his leg and going for his face and arms.

He said: “I could’ve lost my eye. They were so vicious.

“I really did fear for my life. I thought they were going to kill me and my leg is in a pretty sorry state.”

Mr Lomax, who lives on Rough Heys Lane, Marton, was walking home from a friend’s house at around 9.30pm on Friday when he saw the two dogs at the library looking at him.

He said: “I realised that behind them there was a woman lying flat out and I felt I should do something to help.

“But when I approached her the dogs went wild.

“They knocked me over and went berserk so I started screaming and fighting them off as best I could. I thought my time had come.

“Eventually I got away, but I was bleeding very heavily from one leg.”

Mr Lomax was taken to A&E at Blackpool Victoria Hospital where his wounds were treated.

But the plucky pensioner had more misfortune when he returned home, by going dizzy and falling down his stairs.

He said: “My friend came and bandaged me up the following morning.

“It’s just a mystery. Why was this woman in distress on the floor and where did she go? While I was in the ambulance being treated she seems to have disappeared.

“I never really got a good look at her but I think she was youngish.

“If the dogs had growled I would have stayed away and called the police to help her, but they went mad. I think the dogs need to be put down.”

Mr Lomax does not know what breed of dog attacked him, but thinks they were medium to large dogs.

By the time police arrived at the scene, the woman and her dogs had walked off down Hawes Side Lane.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: “We carried out an area search but the dogs and the woman had gone.

“The man suffered bites to his leg and eye but we don’t think there were any witnesses.

“We would appeal for anyone who has seen anything to come forward and call us on (01253) 293933.

“We will follow up on any information.”