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Full report on today's attack

That’s all from today’s live blog - keep an eye on the Examiner website for further updates on this story in the coming days.

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Owner remains in police custody

Det Insp Stef Wiseman, of Kirklees CID, said enquiries were at an early stage and officers still had to speak to the victim.

A police spokesman added: “A man who is believed to be the owner of the animal has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.”

Resident Kathryn Cuniffe: 'It was horrific'

Residents told how they heard the man’s screams and neighbour Kathryn Cuniffe, 29, was one of the first on the scene.

“It was horrific,” she said. “I was shaking like a leaf for a good while afterwards. We were all just helpless.”

Mum-of-two Kathryn said she was scared for her own children and desperately rang the dog’s owner, who lives in a flat above the victim.

“The owner was at work but he came home within five minutes,” she said. “As soon as he shouted: ‘Alex’ the dog just went straight into her kennel.

“I got the owner here and I think I might have saved the man’s life by doing that. He might not have made it otherwise.”

Police statement: Dog seized by police in June

West Yorkshire Police has sent us this statement about the dog being seized - then returned:

Police seized this animal on June 22 on suspicion it was a banned pit bull terrier breed.
Following a screening it was determined the animal while a type of Bull Terrier, did not have enough Pit Bull characteristics to be held by authorities as a banned breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
It was subsequently returned to its owner on August 10.

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The scene

Here is the scene where the attack happened.

The man was reportedly mauled in his doorway in a small crescent that is part of Riddings Road.

Riddings Road where the dog attack happened
Riddings Road where the dog attack happened (Image: Google Street View)

The attack happened just yards from a children’s play area.

The dog is thought to also have attacked other dogs before, as well as people.

Riddings Road where the dog attack happened
Riddings Road where the dog attack happened (Image: Google Street View)

Attack left victim "unconscious"

Residents said the victim was unconscious when police and ambulances arrived at the scene, residents have claimed.

The man, who is in his fifties and was attacked on his doorstep, is currently is a very serious condition.

The dog has been described as a Staffie-Labrador cross.

Scene of dog attack in Sheepridge
Scene of dog attack in Sheepridge (Image: Trinity Mirror)

Resident called for neighbour to stab the dog

Resident Kathryn Cuniffe told our reporter she had shouted “stab the dog” when another neighbour came out with a kitchen knife following the commotion.

The neighbours were afraid for their safety and chose not to get too close.

The dog -reportedly a bitch - has now been taken away by police.

Scene of dog attack in Sheepridge
Scene of dog attack in Sheepridge (Image: Trinity Mirror)

Dog had "attacked others before"

Shocking reports, if true.

We have contacted police about claims the dog was known to authorities and awaiting more information on this.

Dog was chasing victim's terrier

A source has told reporter Martin Shaw that the dog had gone into the victim’s doorway chasing his own dog, a small “terrier-type” animal.

The attack happened on the victim’s doorstep after he attempted to defend his pet, neighbours have said.

The scene is no longer a police crime scene but council staff are expected to come round to clean the aftermath of the attack.

Victim lost "half his body weight in blood"

More shocking revelations are coming out about this ongoing incident.

Residents claim the victim “must have lost half his body weight in blood”, with police battling to break up the attack by throwing a fire extinguisher at the dog.

There are also reports that one resident came out with a kitchen knife to protect his neighbour and threw the knife at the victim to use in self-defence as many residents feared for their safety.

Dog was "known to police"

Residents have made the shocking claim that the dog was reported to police and taken away, only to be cleared of being a dangerous breed and returned to the owner a few days ago.

A man is currently assisting police with the investigation.

Eyewitness was "scared for her safety"

A resident who witnessed the attack has told how it left her “shaking like a leaf” and scared for her safety.

Mum-of-two Kathryn Cuniffe, 29, heard screaming and saw the man being mauled by the dog.

She said: “It was awful. I was shaking like a leaf.

“I was helpless but I think I might have saved his life.”

Kathryn called the owner immediately who came straight to the scene, before police and an ambulance were called.

Dog launched attack near children's playground

The attack happened near a children’s playground outside a block of flats.

Residents have reported hearing screaming and seeing a man being attacked by a “Staffie-Labrador cross” dog.

Man arrested following attack

A man, thought to be the dog’s owner, has been arrested following the incident in Sheepridge.

Police have issued a statement:

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Police were called to Riddings Road in Huddersfield at 09:48 today (15 August) after a report of a man being bitten by a dog.

“Officers attended, along with the ambulance service and found a man in his 50’s who had suffered a serious bites to his body.

“The dog was located in a nearby garden and secured.

“A man who is believed to be the owner of the animal has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody

“The male victim has been taken to hospital where his is receiving medical treatment for serious injuries,.

“Enquiries are ongoing. “

Dog attack in Sheepridge

We have received reports that a man has been seriously injured following a dog attack on Riddings Road in Sheepridge this morning.

Stay with us as we bring live updates on this ongoing incident.