Leeds dad savaged by dogs on his way home for dinner

Mr Salih's injuries.
Mr Salih's injuries.
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A Father-of-three has been left unable to work after he was savaged by two dogs as he brought a takeaway pizza home.

Omar Salih, from Moortown, Leeds, suffered deep bites to his arm and legs after the animals leapt on him as his family watched on helplessly.

The 46-year-old, who works in a cash-and-carry, had three hours of surgery and spent five nights in hospital following the attack.

He has lost use of his right hand because of nerve damage.

“I was scared of dogs before it happened, now I’m terrified,” he said.

“I’m waking up several times a night and my children are frightened.”

The incident happened on the evening of October 11. Mr Salih, of Queenshill Avenue, had been to pick up a vegetarian pizza for his wife, Mahadad, 35, and his children, aged two, six and ten, and was walking to his door when the dogs ran from behind his house and jumped up at him.

“I thought they wanted the pizza so I gave it to them, but they grabbed onto me and started biting.

“I was screaming and shouting. My wife and children could see from the window and were crying but they couldn’t do anything.”

Eventually the owner arrived and wrestled the dogs away, but then left Mr Salih, who had injuries to his groin, inner thighs and right arm, bleeding in the street.

“I begged him to help me, but he just left,” Mr Salih added.

Police are appealing for information.

One of the dogs was possibly a dark-coloured German shepherd. The owner was white, slim, possibly aged in his 40s and was wearing a blue jacket.

Anyone with information should call PC Steve Hartley on 0113 241 3270.

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