A MAN was attacked and seriously injured by a dog which police believe may have been a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Emergency services were called following the incident, which happened at about 10.40pm in Heron Way, Gosport, on Sunday, February 2.

The 51-year-old victim and his son were walking their dog close to the garages at the end of Heron Way when another dog ran up to them.

The dog, which police say may have been a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, attacked the victim's dog.

As the victim separated the two animals the unknown dog bit his thumb and almost severed it.

A man then arrived from the same direction as the dog and took it away.

The victim required hospital treatment and had an operation on his thumb.

The man who took the dog away is described as being white, aged in his mid 50s, about six feet tall, of a slim build, and had slightly receding short grey hair and grey stubble.

He headed in the direction of Brookers Lane.

Police say the dog looked like a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was mid-grey, and had a bit of grey on its muzzle.

It looked bigger than an average Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

PC Jonathan Needham said: “Do you recognise the descriptions of the man and dog involved? Were you in the area at the time?

“Gosport is usually a safe place for dog owners to walk their pets. We’re keen to hear from anyone who can help us, so that we can establish the details of what happened from all of the parties involved."

Anyone with information on the incident can call police on 101, quoting 44190040549, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.