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Neighbour kills dog that savaged boy and woman

Neighbour Neil Twigg stabbed the dog to death with a kitchen knife Photo: MEN Syndication

A teenage boy and woman were savaged by a dog which went berserk in the street – before a neighbour stabbed the animal to death.

Neighbours tried to fight the dog off with sticks as it mauled the boy – but when it turned on 27-year-old Zoe Rutledge and tried to rip her fingers off, its owner yelled ‘someone will have to kill it’.

Cleaner Neil Twigg, 41, ran back to his house and grabbed a carving knife before stabbing the dog to death.

The dog, believed to be a two-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, first attacked the 14-year-old boy in Harpurhey at about 2.45pm yesterday.

Neil and other residents stepped in after the dog appeared to go berserk outside his home on Watfield Walk. Last night, Zoe underwent emergency plastic surgery on her hand after her ligaments were ripped out by the dog.

Neil said: “It all seemed to last ages. The kid was being attacked for about five minutes and people were hitting the dog and it wasn’t letting go.

“I ran out with a cane and a girl came out trying to stop the dog as well. But it left the lad and went for her instead biting and ripping at her fingers.

“The woman who owns the dog yelled ‘someone is going to have to kill it’. I ran in the house, got a carving knife and stabbed it once in the side, near its ribs. It started trying to go after somebody else, then just went next door and caked out on the floor.

“It was a last resort to stab it. When it went for the girl I thought I have to act now or someone is going to get seriously injured of killed. I just feel bad for the dog. It makes me feel sick, but I just had to do it.”

The 14-year-old boy suffered serious injuries to his forearm in the attack and was treated at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Zoe Rutledge suffered severe bite injuries to her right hand and underwent surgery at Wythenshawe Hospital. Credit: MEN Syndication
Zoe’s brother Jamie tried to fight the dog off with a pole from a vacuum cleaner Credit: MEN Syndication

Her sister Katie said: “Zoe heard this kid screaming and had gone to try and save him. She has injuries to her right hand and is having plastic surgery because all the ligaments have been damaged. If Neil had not stabbed the dog I really think someone would have died here. There are no words to thank him enough for saving my sister.”

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I was upstairs and heard someone shouting ‘the dog’s got out’. When I went downstairs someone had a walking stick across its neck.“They got it off the young lad and he went into one of the gardens.“But then it just turned and went for this girl. A guy who had been trying to get it off just stabbed it.

“It went straight into a garden with blood coming out of its mouth and collapsed and died.”A police spokeswoman confirmed they are investigating the incident, adding: “Police were called around 2.45pm on Wednesday to reports of an aggressive dog on Watfield Walk in Harpurhey. “Officers attended and discovered two people with injuries and a dog with fatal stab wounds.