A 43-year-old dad “thought he might die” when he was savaged by a pal’s two Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
James Nicol, from Aberdeen, had to let the dogs rip his left leg to protect his throat and face.
He was visiting a friend and mistakenly thought the Staffies had been locked away in a bathroom.
But he was attacked when he walked through the front door without knocking.
Recalling the horrifying attack he said: “They were coming right at me and I had to protect my throat and face, so I grabbed a rug and just covered my face.
“I had no choice but to let them rip my left leg apart. I thought I might die. The pain was indescribable.”
James managed to crawl out the Aberdeen following the attack on February 1 and dial 999.
He is still recovering in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and could be left permanently disfigured.
I could be left permanently disfigured
Events manager James said: “I’ve had to have skin taken off my thigh so it can be grafted onto my legs.
“It will be a while before I can even try to put weight on my left leg. I will have to undergo physio.
“I could be left permanently disfigured, but the plastic surgeons have done a great job so far.”
James, who lives at another flat in the same block, said: “My friend who lives in a different flat wanted to catch up. I told him I would only come to his flat if the dogs were locked away.
“I thought they had been locked in a bathroom but they somehow got out and came for me.”
It’s understood police were told there had been a misunderstanding as James entered the flat without knocking while his friend expected him to knock before securing the Staffies.
James said: “I’m just grateful my boy wasn’t with me. He wouldn’t have stood a chance.
“I’m just hoping to provide awareness of how dangerous and powerful these types of dogs are and that people should think twice regarding approaching such dogs.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We got a call at 7.20pm on February 1 regarding a man who had been bitten by a dog. A man was taken to ARI for treatment.
“Officers made inquiries and established the man who had been bitten did not wish to make a report.
“The issue was referred to the dog warden at the council.”
Police and the dog warden said no action was needed regarding the dogs because they are a legal breed and don’t a pose a risk to the public.
Staffies are currently the subject of debate as to whether or not they may be added to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, which requires them to be muzzled in public and carry liability insurance.
What recent dog attacks have been witnessed in the UK?
November 2016 – Aiden Noel, 19, had part of his nose ripped off by a Jack Russell Terrier.
August 2016 – A three-year-old boy died after an American bulldog savaged him. Owner Jade Dunne, 29, got 12 months’ jail suspended for two years.
April 2017 – A girl, 10 was tossed around “like a rag doll” for ten minutes by an out-of-control dog.
April 2017 – A one-year-old was “scalped” by a dog in Chatham which was later shot dead.
May 2017 – A two-year-old girl was savaged by an “XXL” American Bully Dog.
June 2017 – A young girl suffered facial injuries after she was bitten by a husky.
November 2017 – A couple’s pet Beagle was mauled to death by two vicious Mastiff-type dogs when it was let off its lead in a park.
December 2017 – A dog owner was jailed for four years after her Staffie mauled 12 kids in a playground in Northumberland in May 2016.
February 2018 – A man whose bull terrier attacked and killed his neighbour was jailed for 10 years. The owner had ignored a court order requiring his dog be muzzled, neutered and kept on a lead in public.
November 2018 – Reuben McNulty suffered severe brain trauma and died when two Staffordshire bull terriers went for him at home in Yaxley, Cambridgeshire. Dogs Fizz and Dotty were destroyed.