A man suffered horrific leg injuries after being savaged by a pair of Staffordshire terriers.
James Nicol, 43, was visiting a pal and mistakenly believed the dogs had been locked away in a bathroom.
But they pounced as soon he walked through the front door after ‘misunderstanding’ over whether he should knock first.
"They were coming right at me and I had to protect my throat and face, so I grabbed a rug and just covered my face – I had no choice but to let them rip my left leg apart. I thought I might die," the dad-of-one said.
"The pain was indescribable",
He managed to crawl out of the flat, at Northsea Court in Seaton, Aberdeen, after the attack, and call 999.
Ten days later he is still at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and could be left permanently disfigured.
"I’ve had skin taken off my thigh so it can be grafted onto my legs," said Mr Nicol, who is an events manager.
"It will be a while before I can even try to put weight on my left leg. I will have to undergo physio.
"I could be left permanently disfigured, but the plastic surgeons have done a great job so far."
Mr Nicol, who lives at another flat in the same block, said: "My friend who lives in a different flat wanted to catch up.
"I told him I would only come to his flat if the dogs were locked away.
"I thought they had been locked in a bathroom but they somehow got out and came for me."
It is understood police were told there was a misunderstanding, as Mr Nicol entered the flat without knocking, thinking the dogs were locked in a room, while his pal expected him to knock before securing the dogs.
Mr Nicol added: "I’m just grateful my boy wasn’t with me. He wouldn’t have stood a chance.
"I’m just hoping to provide awareness of how powerful these types of dogs are and that people should think twice regarding approaching such dogs."
It is understood police and the dog warden took the view no action was needed regarding the Staffordshire bull terriers because they are a legal breed .
The dogs do not pose a risk to the public as they attacked Mr Nicol once he had opened the door without knocking.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "We got a call at 7.20pm on February 1 regarding a man who had been bitten by a dog. A man was taken to ARI for treatment.
"Officers made inquiries and established the man who had been bitten did not wish to make a report. The issue was referred to the dog warden at the council."
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