Dr Thomas Fletcher, a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University explained the breed is often paired with certain groups in society and are they are not seen as safe dogs.'They're one of those breeds that has a negative stigma attached to them and one of those is around 'chav culture',' said Dr Fletcher told the BBC.I know there was someone who stabbed him in the neck.'She added: 'He taught me how to ride a bike. We used to watch TV and films.'He was always with the dog.But I did kind of avoid Mario for the last couple of years.'He came maybe three weeks ago to my door begging for money. It's unbelievable.'Avraam Avramidis, a chef who has lived in the building for seven months, described Mario as a 'clever guy'.And it prohibited access to the property for anyone but Mario between February 22 and May 21.Neighbours gave harrowing accounts of what happened, hearing him screaming to get the dog off him then seeing him collapsed on the floor, covered in blood.
I could see where he was bleeding from, there was just lots of blood.'He added: 'I heard a lot of people trying to get into the flat for about 20 minutes.
Staffordshire terrier supporters say however it is not the dog or the breed but the owners who are responsible.
Breeder specialists Dog Time posted on their website: 'Nicknamed the nanny dog, the Stafford is prized for his patience with and love of children, although it goes without saying that no dog should ever be left alone with young children or expected to double as a baby-sitter.''I think they forced entry.
And I said look Mario, I am going to give you some money for the dog.'He said nothing works and I don't actually care. He said that trouble with his neighbours started about five months ago, and a lot of people would come to the flat.
The 31-year-old said: 'I met him a couple of times.