Attack: Alexander Wyness (left) said he felt lucky to be alive after he was attacked by his dog a year after it attacked his son (right)

Attack: Alexander Wyness (left) said he felt lucky to be alive after he was attacked by his dog a year after it attacked his son (right)

A father was left with horrific injuries after he was brutally mauled by his family?s American bulldog a year after it had attacked his nine-year-old son.

Alexander Wyness said he feels lucky to be alive after his dog Sonny turned on him during a walk in the park.

The 36-year-old has told how the dog pounced on him with no warning or provocation and locked its jaws on both his arms, narrowly missing a main artery and leaving him with 18 deep puncture wounds.

The father-of-one has also revealed the dog had mauled his son, also called Alexander, as he played in a tree last year.

The attack left the youngster, then aged nine, in hospital with nasty injuries to his arms, but Mr Wyness said he kept the dog after his son begged him not to get rid of it.

Mr Wyness, from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, said: ?This is a dog that I used to allow to sleep in my bed and be around young children. I feel very lucky to be alive.

?These dogs are timebombs waiting to go off due to their unpredictable nature.

?I realise now that these dogs are not designed to be house pets due to their size and strength. They were designed to pull down cattle.

?I?m just glad it happened to me and not the child of some innocent passer-by.?

Mr Wynessr had visited a park with two-year-old Sonny and his partner Fiona Stewart when he let the dog off his leash to run around in a nearby field.

The dog however ran out of the long grass and began viciously snapping at his arm.

Mr Wyness said: ?I thought he was just overly excited and playing about but we quickly realised that he wasn?t.

?Sonny tried to get a hold of my neck but I held my arms up in defence. I shouted to Fiona to call the police and an ambulance.

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