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Student attacked by ‘Pit Bull’ muggers

A STUDENT suffered terrible injuries after he was savagely mauled by two vicious pit bull-type dogs while walking through a Birmingham park.

Terrified student Harvinder Heer was helpless as the dog, set on him by two thugs, repeatedly bit into his head and leg during the horrific attack. Mr Heer, aged 20, claims the brutal pair urged the dog to ‘kill’ as he tried to beat the animal off him.

The computer development degree student said today: ‘I'm lucky to still be here. If the dogs had got their teeth into my neck, I definitely would have been out of it.’

He was only saved when a group of passing local councillors heard his screams and raced to his aid. Mr Heer was walking through Perry Hall Park, Perry Barr, with his older brother and a friend last Wednesday evening when the thugs struck, robbing the trio of a mobile phone.

Air pistol

He was hit in the face with what he thinks was the handle of an air pistol before the dog was set on him.

‘I shouted out to my brother and these young lads started running towards us,’ he explained.’

One of them punched my brother and then they set the dogs on me. One of them jumped up and sank his teeth into my thigh.

‘I have never felt pain like it before. I have puncture marks on my head.’

As the dog gripped his thigh, Harvinder said he heard one of the thugs shout ‘kill’ to the dog before adding ‘Go for the neck’.

He said: ‘I don't know what it was about, whether it was racist or someone just out looking for trouble, but it shows the kind of awful things people are capable of.’

His brother was also punched during the robbery as he tried to pull the dog off before he ran to get help from a group of passing Perry Barr councillors, who were heading home from a weekly surgery.

Mr Heer spent two days in hospital and had micro plastic surgery where surgeons took a skin graft from his leg to repair a wound on his face.

He said he could not return to the park and was terrified at the thought of seeing a dog on the streets.

‘I just want these people who did this caught. They used the dog as a weapon and dogs that bite humans shouldn't be allowed on the streets.’

Mr Heer's brother, Balvinder, said: ‘The men must have been looking for trouble as they were well equipped with weapons. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

‘We don't know why they did it, if it was to tell their friends maybe. To set dogs on humans is not on.’

Incoherent

Councillor John Hunt (Lib Dem, Perry Barr), who helped the men, said: ‘They were in shock and incoherent but it appears the attack was not provoked. This dog has been clearly trained to attack people.’

There have been rumours in the area that dogs are being trained for fighting in the park, but local police say there has been no evidence of this, although several local residents have reported sounds of dogs fighting late at night in the park. Police are now stepping up patrols in the park.

Anyone with information relating to the attack should call West Midlands police on 0845 113 5000.