Ian 'Wiggy' Symes, 34, was walking a customer’s dog at a recreation ground in Fareham, Hampshire, when he was attacked on Hilson Drive this Wednesday. Locals claimed that Mr Symes may have collapsed and had a seizure before the dog he was with ‘ate’ part of his face.
So, not a Labrador or a chihuahua, then? No, of course not....
Although paramedics rushed to the scene in Fareham, Hampshire, Mr Symes was pronounced dead not long after.
Ian's brother Martin Symes, a father-of-two, has since visited the park where flowers and messages were laid, and in a touching tribute, he said: 'The past 30 hours have been pretty shocking and very hard to really understand what happened and why.
'The facts are he was out walking a dog something he loved to do and as sad as it is least he passed away doing something he loved.'I'm not sure that's much of a comfort, really, is it?
Julie, who works as a carer at a home in the area, said there were plenty of large 'fighting dogs' in the area.
'There are a lot of people who keep big dogs around here, generally what I'd call fighting-type dogs,' she said. 'We see them parading down the shops in Highlands Road, nearby.'Clearly a place to avoid.
H/T: Ian J via email