A pensioner was attacked by a dog as he walked his own pet in Boothen Green, Stoke-on-Trent.
The 70-year-old victim suffered bite wounds as he fought off the animal as it attacked his dog.
The RSPCA in North Staffordshire has warned shoppers not to buy pets as Christmas gifts.
The charity says animals abandoned during the festive period put extra strain on the charity, who pay for them to be housed.
Staffordshire Police is bidding farewell to its longest serving dog.
Working since 2004 alongside his handler PC Rich Birkin, eight-year-old German Shepherd Kash is set to hang up his lead in January.