Grandfather has to have BOTH legs amputated after pet dog bit him and he developed sepsis


Grandfather has to have BOTH legs amputated after pet dog bit him and he developed sepsis – weeks after same animal killed his brother-in-law

  • Mark Day, 62, was bitten by the same dog who killed Barry Harris, 48
  • Mr Day bitten on day of brother-in-law’s funeral and got sepsis too
  • Had to have legs and some fingers amputated and has spoken of devastation
  • Was discharged from hospital after 82 days and Ted, the Akita was put down 










A granddad whose brother-in-law was attacked and killed by a dog has had both legs amputated after the same animal bit his legs.

His brother-in-law Barry Harris, 46, died from a cardiac arrest after Japanese Akita Ted killed him.  

Ted was described as a giant teddy bear before Mr Harris bought him for £1,500.

But in July Mr Harris was bitten on the arm and it became badly infected causing his heart to fail three days later.  

Pauline and Mark Day, sister and brother-in-law, took the dog in and cared for it after Mr Harris died.

But on the morning of Mr Harris’ funeral, Mr Day, 62, was bitten by the dog too. 

Mark Day, 62, from Colchester, has had to had both legs amputated after being bitten by the same dog who killed his brother-in-law in July

Mark Day, 62, from Colchester, has had to had both legs amputated after being bitten by the same dog who killed his brother-in-law in July

The bite caused sepsis and he has had both legs and the fingers on his left hand and two on his right amputated.

The husband and wife are devastated and said they did not know Ted’s mouth was bacteria-ridden. 

Ted has been put down after doctors said he was responsible for the injuries. 

Mr and Mrs Day in hospital. The husband and wife have spoken of their devastation after Mr Day was bitten and had his legs amputated

Mr and Mrs Day in hospital. The husband and wife have spoken of their devastation after Mr Day was bitten and had his legs amputated

Mrs Day said:  ‘It’s like something out of a nightmare. You just don’t believe this has happened,’ 

‘The shock of my brother was one thing, and then my husband. It’s just surreal.’

The bite caused his temperature to soar and legs to feel like blocks of ice.

Organs failing, he was put in a 10-day coma to save his life and awoke to horrifying sights.  

He said to the Mirror: ‘My feet were black almost a third of the way up.

‘I didn’t know whether it was going to keep coming up my body.’

Mr Day spent 82 days in hospital and is waiting for prosthetic legs so he can go fishing and walk with his granddaughter

Mr Day spent 82 days in hospital and is waiting for prosthetic legs so he can go fishing and walk with his granddaughter 

The husband and wife said they did not know Ted caused Mr Harris’ death until after Mr Day nearly died too.  

‘They weren’t even attacked,’ she said.

‘Ted literally just broke the skin on my husband and my brother.

‘It was the softest dog but it had food issues. Whenever it was near food it was so aggressive.

‘We think it was mistreated as a puppy.’

Barry Harris, Pauline Day's brother, died in July after he was bitten by Ted the Akita, who was just 7 weeks old

Barry Harris, Pauline Day’s brother, died in July after he was bitten by Ted the Akita, who was just 7 weeks old

The dog was bought through Facebook and sold by a London seller seven weeks before Mr Harris died.

Mr Harris was bitten while trying to get a bone from the animal’s teeth.   

He had cold sweats and headaches and died at home.  

His brother-in-law Mr Day spent 82 days in hospital and has finally been discharged.

He is hoping to get prosthetic legs soon and said he is pragmatic despite his injuries.

Mr Day is looking forward to going walking with his granddaughter and fishing again.  

He wants to get a puppy as well- but will make sure the vet treats it first. 

Pictured: Mr and Mrs Day, who did not know the dog had caused the death of Mr Harris

Pictured: Mr and Mrs Day, who did not know the dog had caused the death of Mr Harris 

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