A dog owner is fed up of having to defend her loud, intimidating and unruly pet.

Theresa Connell, 47 and dog Norman, 7, enjoy regular walks in Singleton Park where Norman runs free and is ‘affectionate’ with every human he meets.

Theresa said: “I called him Norman because he’s really more of a human than he is a massive dribbling dog with razor sharp teeth.

“It really upsets me when parents grab hold of their children to protect them from him, if it upsets me it upsets him too.

“The other day a little toddler was playing with a football so Norman went over and chewed on it until it burst, it was so cute. The mother screamed, the baby screamed and people told me I should have him on a lead. I don’t know why, he was only being playful.

“I can’t understand why everyone is so threatened just because he’s enormous, barks loudly and I don’t discipline him because he’s like my baby.

“Maybe it’s because he’s black?”

Mum Cheryl Gray said: “He’s like a mental, fat prehistoric animal with a thirst for baby blood.

“I was in the park having a picnic with my two year old last week and the dog bounded over, shat in front of our picnic blanket and then launched at my child, knocking her to the ground and gnawing at her tutu.

“The owner came over and said ‘aww, he likes her! He’s so affectionate.’ I’d have kicked it in the face but I was just relieved it was going to eat my daughter and not me.”

Norman said: “I get away with absolute murder, well I haven’t gone that far yet, but I won’t lie I’m thinking about it.

“I bit the paperboy the other day and Theresa just said it couldn’t have been me because I’m so gentle.

“I don’t know what hormone tablets she’s on, but I am very much a mad dog.”

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