Daughter Jade, 19, said: â€œI was trying to look after dad and lift him back up onto the bed but as I was trying to do that Buster came back in and ran up the stairs.
We didnâ€™t want him in the room because he was getting excited and barking but he barged open the door.â€œHeâ€™s a big, strong, heavy dog and we couldnâ€™t keep him out.â€œHe saw my dad leaning over the edge of the bed and he went for him, there was nothing we could do.
Her sister Carla, 16, said:
â€œBuster was biting dadâ€™s throat and there was suddenly a lot of blood.We were doing anything we could to get him off. He didnâ€™t have a collar on to hold onto so we were just pulling him.
I had hold of his back legs and was trying to drag him off but he was just too strong.â€œWe knew things were really bad for dad, he might have gone before the emergency services even arrived
â€œIt was horrific and we wonâ€™t be able to forget it, but Iâ€™m glad we were there for dad to try to help himâ€At least we know that we did everything we possibly could to try to save him.We wrapped a sheet around his neck to try to stop the blood but he was bleeding very heavily.â€
Police and ambulance crews arrived at the scene and Buster was cornered before he was destroyed at the house by a vet.