A MAN who was savaged by his own dogs remains in a serious condition in hospital tonight (Tuesday, September 23).

Stephen Potts, 47, was taken to hospital after two American bulldogs attacked him as he walked them through High Pittington, near Durham City, on Sunday night.

Bystanders used golf clubs, umbrellas and spades in a desperate bid to fend off the two dogs, which eventually ran away after trying to tear off his arm.

A Durham Police spokesman said tonight he remains in hospital with serious arm injuries, which continue to be described as “non-life threatening”.

The spokesman said: “After the attack it was necessary, for reasons of public safety, for police firearms officers to humanely destroy one of the dogs shortly after the incident.

“The other dog was captured at the scene and taken to police kennels. The future of this dog is still to be decided.

“Police are working closely with the injured man’s family during this process and public safety will be paramount in any decision made.

“Police are aware that the injured man is also the owner of a number of other dogs.

“These dogs live at his property in Low Pittington.

“An assessment carried out by officers from the force’s dog support unit has concluded the remaining dogs are being cared for appropriately and are not considered banned breeds under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.”

Neighbourhood Inspector for Durham City Dave Coxon said: “My officers will continue to support the community of Pittington after the events of Sunday evening.

“An incident of this nature is shocking especially for those involved in trying to assist the man during the attack and I want to reassure people that police can be contacted on 101 should support or advice be required.”

Members of the neighbourhood policing team will be at a Police and Community Together (PACT) meeting at 7pm this evening (Tuesday) at Hallgarth Manor Hotel in the village should residents wish to attend to discuss the incident.

Anyone with information or who requires support and advice can ring 101.