A Westward Ho! man has spoken of the trauma of being savaged by a loose dog as he attempted to stop it killing his cat. David Boyd was bitten by a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog as it attacked his cat Oska near the home at Nelson Terrace he shares with David Holt. It took three people to get the dog off Oska after it clamped its jaws around him and although he was rushed to the vet, the 17-year-old sadly had to be put down because his injuries were too extensive. Mr Boyd also received several puncture wounds in his arm and had to have a tetanus injection at Bideford Hospital before being sent to Barnstaple to check for tendon damage. It all happened so quickly but at the same time it seemed to last for half an hour because the cat was so distressed, said Mr Boyd of the attack. Then it was a very traumatic and upsetting experience to have to make that decision on Oska. The pair said their dog Lucy and other cat BoBo already seem to be missing Oska terribly. They are considering legal action and the police have been involved, but they want to warn other residents and visitors to the area to keep a look out for the dog and be aware it may be dangerous. This happened near Kingsley Hall, which is used by a lot of adults and children, said Mr Boyd. David Holt added: Our cat did no harm; he would just go out there, lie in the sun and talk to people who came by. If he had died naturally it would not have been so traumatic. We are looking both sides now every time we go out. Police said they were investigating the incident.