A MAN has been left scarred for life after he was savagely attacked by a dog.

The 18-year-old was walking in Caledonia Street in Bolton at about 10pm on Sunday, June 24, when the animal, believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, began to chase after him.

It bit the victim's ankle, causing him to fall to the ground, before it bit him on his leg and neck.

As the victim was trying to wrestle the dog to the floor, a man and a woman, believed to be responsible for the dog, pulled it away.

Despite the victim’s bleeding wounds, the man and woman would not accept the severity of the injuries and repeatedly told him it was only a scratch, before leaving the scene.

The dog is described as white with dark patches across its body and covering one eye.

The man and woman also had another dog, believed to be the same breed, which was described as dark in colour.

Police constable Andy Bustin, of GMP’s Bolton Borough, said: “This was an innocent man, set upon by a dog when he was walking home and minding his own business.

"He received painful bites to his body in this attack, and he will be scarred for life.

"We all know the tragic consequences of what can happen if a dog behaves dangerously in a public place, so we need to identify the owners and establish the full circumstances of what happened."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5619 quoting incident number 2220 of June 24 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.