A brave dog owner lost a tooth after he was forced to bite a "wild' Rottweiler who was attacking his two Jack Russells.
Martin Fletcher said he had no choice but to lunge and bite the Rottweiler's ear in a last-ditch attempt to stop the horrific 10 minute attack.
The 55-year-old, who is a councillor, said he was walking Ben and Jerry in South Gare in Yorkshire, when the "big Rottweiler came running over" and started "ripping Ben to bits".
Martin, who is 6ft 1ins and 19st, described the ordeal saying that he had "no other option" but to bite the dog to stop the attack on Sunday at around 4pm, Teesside Live reports.
He said: "The Rottweiler was just ripping Ben's legs to bits but there was no owner in sight.
"I managed to get it off but then it went for my other dog.
"It bit my hand and I was punching it trying to get it off but this was going on for about 10 minutes and it just wouldn't let go.
"I ended up biting its lug because I had no other option. I had to physically bite its ear because it had already bit me before and I couldn't get it off.
"There was nothing else I could have done."
But the Rottweiler wouldn't release the dog from it's grasp until its owner arrived and Martin prised its mouth open with his hands.
The dad-of-two says he was on the floor trying to get in between the two dogs while it was "chewing the dogs to bits".
He added: "The owner put it on a lead but it still wouldn't let go.
"I had to physically put my hands on its mouth to get it off the dogs."
Martin, who owns a tyre and exhaust stop in Brotton, said his dog Ben, 10, was "bleeding profusely" and had to have around 38 stitches following the incident.
He was then left to pay an £800 vet bill after Jerry, three, suffered puncture wounds to his back and neck while Ben sustained serious bites to his back, chest, neck and a major injury to his front leg.
Martin, who lives with his wife Pauline in Brotton, also needed medical and dental treatment including antibiotics and a tetanus jab.
Speaking about the Rottweiler he said: "It's not fit to be let out.
"It's a wild animal.
"I've had dogs all my life and have never seen anything like it.
"If it was a child it could have been killed because that dog would have ripped them to bits."
Martin said the owner "disappeared" with his dog whilst he was attending to his injured pets.
Cleveland Police has been informed about the incident.
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