A chef who ran for his life and feared he would be mauled to death after two canine beasts attacked him, miraculously managed to escape.
Brett McFayden, 30, was chased across a field scared for his life after the crazed dogs went after him.
He was eventually rescued by a stranger in a van, and believes he would not have survived had it not been for his saviour.
The chef had been enjoying a morning walk when the terrifying ordeal took place on September 28.
A pair of ferocious looking Mastiff-type dogs suddenly charged at him, reports Chronicle Live.
The chef scrambled across a barbed wire fence in a bid to get away from the angry animals who bit his hand.
But thankfully a passing van driver who noticed Brett's plight and came to his aid.
Brett has told the Chronicle of his ordeal, and his fears the dogs will strike again if they remain on the loose.
He said: "They could have killed us these dogs. I fully believed I was done for. When they ran at us I can remember thinking; 'This is it, I'm going to be mauled to death'.
"I have never seen a dog so angry."
Brett had been out for a walk near his home in Fencehouses in Houghton-le-Spring when he spotted the dogs in a field, close to the Chilton Country Pub.
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"The dogs spotted us and just ran over the hedge and attacked us straight away," he explained.
"They were really really aggressive.
"They took a bite out my hand."
Brett managed to jump over a fence to get out of immediate danger. But the dogs gave chase."
"As I tried to get away I had to jump over a barbed wire fence and I caught my leg on it," he continued. "They were on the other side of the fence and I thought I was done for at this point."
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Thankfully a van driver who had seen the dogs as he passed turned back to check if Brett was ok.
"I heard shouting from the guys in the van and suddenly I got a second wind and just ran for the van," he said.
"I was so lucky they were there. They were complete strangers , and if it had been five minutes earlier or five minutes later they might not have seen me."
Once in the safety of the vehicle Brett noticed his hand was pouring with blood so the can driver took him to a local doctors' surgery.
A spokeswoman for Durham Constabulary said the dogs had now been seized and an investigation was under way.
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