A blind mum was left hysterical before collapsing after her guide dog was savaged by two huge American bulldogs as she walked home from the shop.
Kathy Worthington, 48, and black Labrador Kimba had just left Tesco when the large dogs attacked in a distressing incident lasting several minutes.
Passersby rushed to the scene in Dovecot, Merseyside, on Friday evening around 6.30pm, with one man using a pole to steer away the bulldogs.
Five-year-old Kimba, who was left with puncture marks near his neck and on his side, was rushed to the vets.
Kathy’s partner, who wished to remain anonymous, had returned to the supermarket to make another purchase.
But once he came outside amid the attack he struggled to break the bulldogs’ grip on Kimba.
Witnesses said they had no collars, were not on leads and the owner was not close by.
The owner has since come forward after the incident was circulated on social media.
Police are now investigating the attack and have taken a statement from mum-of-four Kathy.
She said: “I couldn’t really see what was going because I’m registered blind, but I first heard my partner shout, ‘Kathy, watch the dog’.
“Then I felt two big dogs on me and he was trying to get them off me.
“One of the bulldogs was running around, biting Kimba, I was hysterical.
“I collapsed in shock, it was horrendous.
“I could just hear my dog yelping, and people saying, ‘they are going to kill him!’
“It was so horrific.
“It probably lasted about two minutes, but it seemed like forever.”
Kimba was given an injection for the pain on arriving at the vets and will recover but has been left nervous by the attack.
“Kimba seems okay now, he was very nervous over the weekend,” explained Kathy.
“I won’t be ready to go out with him again for some time, it’s been a bit of a lifeline being able to go for walks with him.”
Her daughter Natalia added: “For the young lads who let this happen you should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves.
“For what little independence she did have, you have now taken this away from her.
“There are no words.”
A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said: ” Following reports on social media, the owner of the American Bulldogs came forward and is supporting the police investigation.”
Detective Inspector Jennie Beck said: “This has caused a great deal of distress to the owner of the injured Labrador, who is registered blind and relies heavily on the assistance of her dog.
“I would like to remind all dog owners to take extra care and apply appropriate security measures to protect both dogs and their owners.
“Incidents like these are unacceptable and can cause a long-term harm, or worse.
“Please, keep an eye on your dogs at all times and keep them on a lead while out in public.”