An Aberdeen musician has been scarred for life after a dog jumped up and bit him in the face.
Craig John Davidson had just finished a performance at a city record store when he went outside and was mauled by the dog, which he described as a pitbull-type breed.
The 30-year old, of Ellon, had to have 18 stitches in the right side of his face and then undergo two hours of surgery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Craig said the attack has left him traumatised and he is concerned the scarring could hinder his music career.
“My image is important and I am releasing an album, called Motherstar, in June. It will be difficult to appear in the publicity material,” he said.
“I just hope my injuries have healed as much as possible by then.”
Craig, who is a singer/songwriter and plays guitar, had performed at Spin Records on Littlejohn Street, Aberdeen, on Saturday as part of Record Store Day.
At about 4pm, the musician went to the front of the store for a cigarette when he saw the dog about 10ft away.
“I looked at it and bent down and said ‘hello, you’ and then he jumped up at me and bit me in the face,” said Craig.
“It all happened so fast and my instinct was to pull away and then run. There was blood everywhere.”
Pals took Craig to ARI and he was given treatment on Saturday evening before being allowed home.
He returned to the hospital the next morning for surgery.
He said: “The surgeons had to put my facial muscles back together. They told me I’m scarred for life.
“I just hope the injuries don’t always remain visible. I am quite traumatised. When I close my eyes, I see the dog.
“What scares me the most is that the dog could have attacked a child. Without a doubt, we would have been talking about something much more serious.”
Craig thanked staff at Spin Records for helping him after the attack.
A police spokeswoman said: “We received a report at 4.20pm on Saturday concerning a man being bitten by a dog, which was dangerously out of control. Inquiries are ongoing.”