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This is the moment an unsuspecting postman is attacked by a ferocious pit bull that knocks him off his bike and chomps down on his leg as the poor man desperately tries to stop it.
The seemingly unprovoked attack was captured on CCTV cameras in the township of Hukou in Taiwan’s north-western Hsinchu County on 10th May.
The video shows the uniformed postman Tseng, who was identified by his surname, riding past a lorry on which two dogs are kept.
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One of them, a black American pit bull terrier, leaps off the back of the lorry and leaps on Tseng, 34, despite having a metal chain lead around its neck.
The lengthy lead allows the pooch to reach and bite down on Tseng’s left leg, with the postman falling off his motorcycle and struggling desperately to free himself.
Tseng can be seen punching the dog’s head as it locks its jaw on his trouser leg, while the animal’s owner also rushes over in a bid to calm his pooch down.
In the footage, Tseng and the pit bull owner struggle for over a minute until the postman is able to rip part of his trousers off to escape the dog.
Tseng was taken to hospital where he was treated for deep gashes on his left leg.
The Chunghwa Post employee said: “The pit bull began barking as I passed and then jumped off to attack me.
“The owner has said he wants to settle the matter privately. I think I can respect his wishes.”
It has since been revealed that the pit bull owner had previously been fined 200 TWD (5 GBP) over a similar attack on another postman.
Peng Cheng-yu, director of the county’s Animal Disease Control Center, said the owner of the pit bull – a strictly regulated breed on the island – faces a fine of between 30,000 to 150,000 TWD (745 to 3,720 GBP).
Laws on dog breeds deemed ‘aggressive’ under Taiwan’s Animal Protection Act state that the pets are to be kept on leads no more than 1.5 metres (5 feet) in length, and be provided with muzzles when in public spaces.
No charges had been filed against the owner at the time of writing.