CCTV captured the moment a dog charged at two girls, aged two and three, before launching a savage attack in the street.
Both children and a woman are seen in the footage walking along St Saviours Road in Alum Rock, Birmingham, when the black dog approaches from the left.
The animal is seen bounding towards them before briefly pausing and launching itself towards the youngsters.
After a few seconds, the woman appears to fall to the floor as she grapples with the beast who refuses to let go of one of the girls.
Passers-by begin to stop their cars as others in the street run towards the terrifying scene as the girls piercing screams for help ring out.
The dog continues to hold its grip of the girl as he drags her around the pavement before eventually she is pulled from its jaws.
Both girls are placed in the car as the beast continues circling in the road.
The attack happened shortly after 12.35pm yesterday, Monday February 8, and saw both girls taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
It’s believed the dog escaped from a nearby business premises and has now been seized as an investigation begins.
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to reports of a dog attack in St Saviour’s Road, Birmingham just after 12.30pm this afternoon (8 February).
“It’s understood that a guard dog escaped from a nearby business premises before attacking two small children.
“A three-year-old girl sustained hand and leg injuries after being bitten.
“A second child, aged two, sustained scratch marks and a leg injury.
“The dog has been seized by police and enquiries are ongoing.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service received five calls regarding the vicious attack.
An ambulance service spokesman said: “We had multiple calls reporting a dog attack on two young girls on St Saviours Road in the Saltley area of Birmingham at around 12.35pm this lunchtime.
“An ambulance was immediately sent to the scene.
“On arrival, the crew found the two girls, one with serious injuries.
“They were both assessed and treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where medics were awaiting their arrival.
“Their condition is not life threatening.”