Man mauled to death by his dog

NEIGHBOURS today described how a man was dragged "like a doll" in a fatal attack by his own dog.The victim died in hospital at around 10pm last night, just hours after the attack by the rottweiler-type dog in east London.

NEIGHBOURS today described how a man was dragged "like a doll" in a fatal attack by his own dog.

The victim died in hospital at around 10pm last night, just hours after the attack by the rottweiler-type dog in east London.

The man, aged in his mid-fifties, was found being mauled in New City Road, Newham.

The animal was described as being dangerously out of control before it was destroyed.

Neighbour Aziz Rahman, 32, said he was looking out of his bedroom window yesterday morning when he saw the attack.

He said: "It was like something you see in a TV programme.

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"I heard some banging on the door. I looked out of my bedroom window.

"There was a man lying on the floor and a dog was over him, licking and biting him.

"He looked like a doll, the dog was pulling at him.

"From what I saw, it looked like he was attacking the man.

"There was blood all over his face.'

Mr Rahman said around 15 to 20 people had gathered nearby, some armed with baseball bats, trying to get the dog away, but it was not responding.

Mr Rahman said police arrived on the scene and were discussing what to do.

He said: "One of the police cars drove straight in and a police officer took an extinguisher and sprayed the dog.

"He was the hero of the moment.

"The dog went off to the right and four or five officers were chasing the dog.

"Afterwards I found out that the man was the dog's owner.'

He added that the man had been treated "like a piece of meat. These dogs should not be allowed on the street'.

Mr Rahman talked of the impact that the incident had on his family.

He said: "My wife could not believe it. She got frightened. Now she's thinking it's fairly scary to go to the local shops on her own.'

The incident happened shortly after 7am yesterday.