A MOTHER and daughter say they are too scared to take their dog for a walk after they were attacked by a vicious Staffordshire bull terrier in their own home.
The horrifying incident happened when Amanda Nuttall, 36, was on her way to pick up her daughter Ellie, three.
As she was leaving the house with her eldest daughter Abigail, 12, and their dog Bailey, the vicious animal ran up to them barking and snarling.
Amanda, of Maudsley Street, Accrington, said: "Abig-ail ran back into the house, straight through the living room and into the kitchen, with Bailey still on his lead and the dog chasing them.
"I followed them to see my daughter holding petrified Bailey up in the air with the dog jumping up at them with teeth bared and going berserk. We were terrified in our own home.
"I honestly thought the dog was going to attack me if it could not get to Bailey. It then ran over to where my terrified daughter was standing on the other side of the table and she had to punch it to try to get it to go away."
Amanda finally managed to lock the snarling Staffordshire bull terrier outside the house before calling the police.
Amanda said: "This dog should not be out running loose. What would have happened if my three-year-old daughter had been there?
"These dogs are so powerful. I know that in the right hands most are lovely and good-natured pets but the owner of this one gives them all a bad name."
Hyndburn Council dog warden Steve Wood said: "Dogs in a public place should be kept under control, which usually means them being on the end of a lead and with their owner.
"If this does not happen and the dog attacks someone its owners could be taken to court under the Dangerous Dogs Act. They could be fined up to £5,000 and the dog could be destroyed."