A MAN and his dog suffered a horrific gang attack which left the dog dripping with blood in Brentwood.

The man was out walking his dog in Wash Road, Hutton, when they were confronted by a gang of six men with their own dog, who attacked his Jack Russell by biting his neck.

When the man attempted to save his dog, the men kicked him.

The incident, which happened on Thursday at around 8.30pm, left the dog, named Ferdy, with severe injuries which required emergency vet treatment. His owner escaped with minor injuries.

The victim’s daughter, Paulina Asmus, has shared shocking images of the aftermath of the attack in a Facebook post to warn others about the gang.

She wrote: “The males snatched, Ferdy, our six-year-old Jack Russell (who if anyone has come across knows he is the friendliest and happiest little doggie around!) away from my dad and forced their dog to fight him, they violently pushed my dad away forcing him to watch.

“They were also filming the fight, therefore we are assuming they plan to post it somewhere on the internet. My dog lost consciousness, the attackers thought he was dead and it was only because of this reason that they walked away from the scene.”

Ms Asmus believes that the dog was trained to know how to attack others, as it went straight for Ferdy’s neck.

She has shared the graphic images as a warning to others in the area about the gang.

Ms Asmus added: “I was able to make arrangements with an emergency vet (costing in excess of £300) on the night and our little one will be home tonight but I believe this has been a lucky escape and I am frightened of walking my dog and more importantly returning to university worried that something like this may happen again.

“I’m sure any happy dog owners would be able to appreciate just how heart breaking it is to see something like this happen to your dog and I can’t even imagine how my dad must feel having witnessed it, at this point he is still very shaken up.

“I would like to warn anyone walking their dog in the Hutton area to be careful and try to avoid walking your dog late at night, which I know is not what we want to hear especially as the nights are starting to pull in.

“Any help we can get to identify these vile and disgusting people would be much appreciated.”

Ms Asmus’ post has been shared more than 22,000 times since being posted on Friday.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We were called around 8.30pm on Thursday, November 1 with reports of an assault on a man in Brentwood.

“Thankfully, the victim was not seriously injured, however the dog sustained substantial injuries.”

Anyone who witnessed or has information on the incident should contact Braintree Community Policing Team on 101 quoting reference 42/159814/18, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.