Gravesend grandfather, 69, 'one bite away from death' in dog attack

  • ITV News Meridian's Abigail Bracken spoke to the family of the man who was attacked.

A grandfather was one bite away from losing his life, after he was attacked by what his family think was an XL bully dog.

Resham Singh from Gravesend, Kent had been keeping fit by walking every day.

The 69-year-old was walking on a quiet residential road on 2 July 2024 when a dog attacked him from behind and dragged him across the street.

Paramedics attended to the scene to try to stop the bleeding, Mr Singh was then taken to hospital. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Police were called to the scene on Linfield Road at around 8:48pm and Mr Singh was taken to hospital.

Following the attack, they seized a dog and a woman was interviewed under caution while investigations continue. Mr Singh still remains in hospital.

Official figures show there are more than 57,000 XLs have been given exemption certificates since the ban on this breed came into force.

His son wants the person who should have been in charge of that dog - to feel the full force of the law.

  • Raj Dhana says his dad was "one bite away from death."

Mr Singh's son, Raj Dhana said: "I've not seen that much blood ever. And so, obviously, when it's a parent of yours it's very shocking, right, and very saddening.

"This dog bit him in some really crucial areas, you know, including the upper thigh, and took huge chunks out of his forearm

"The ability of that dog, with one more bite, could have taken out a pulse. Or with the next bite have gone for his neck, which my dad was trying to protect from, he would have been one bit away from [death]."

Investigations are underway after a man was attacked by a dog on Lingfield road on 2 July 2024. Credit: ITV News Meridian

XL bullies are a banned breed, unless you have an exemption certificate, and they must be muzzled in public places.

"This law to register them, isn’t good enough," Resham's son added.

"I think we deserve to know where exactly these dogs are if they’re living around us so that parents, walkers, people can decide what route they choose accordingly."

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