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Hero savaged by Japanese akita dog as he tries to stop it attacking kids off Luncies Road, in Pitsea
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A BRAVE man was mauled by a savage dog as he stepped in to protect a group of children in a play area.
Dave Benson, 31, has been hailed a hero after he threw himself between the Japanese akita and a group of youngsters it was trying to attack at the playground off Luncies Road, in Pitsea, on Sunday.
He was taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries to his hands and forearms and is set to undergo reconstructive plastic surgery at Chelmsford’s Broomfield Hospital this week.
The mum of a ten-year-old girl who was playing at the park at the time, who did not want to be named, said: “The dog kept nipping at the kids and following them round the play park.
“He put himself in front of the children and tried to get the dog away, but it just went for him.
“He was a bit of a hero because it was a big dog. It was awful, there was a lot of blood. My daughter is still really upset.”
Police took the dog away and have put it in a kennel while officers continue their inquiries.
Mr Benson, of Lambourne Crescent, Pitsea, is expected to remain in hospital until the end of the week while surgery is carried out in stages on his injuries.
His mum, Bernadette Benson, also of Lambourne Crescent, told the Echo the family owned a similar breed of dog, which is why her son intervened.
She said: “He said you could see it had gone into hunt mode.
“He has had a Japanese akita for about 17 years and lives for them which is why he thought he could intervene.
“He has severe injuries to his hands, but thankfully has not lost any fingers. The worst damage was to his forearms.
“I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who tried to help him, especially the man who tried to give first aid.”
Friend Vincent Byatt, 31, of Lambourne Crescent, said: “I went down there to help Dave.
“It was a big, powerful dog. If it had attacked the children, it could have killed them.
“He really is quite a hero.”
An Essex Police spokesman confirmed officers were called at about 12.45pm on Sunday and kennelled the dog while investigations continue.
They said the akita which carried out the attack did not belogn to Mr Benson.
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