Watching his dog Seabass happily bound around the park on all four legs is a sight Sam Lewin had feared he would never see again.
The 10-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier was lucky to even survive – let alone walk – after he was involved in a horrific accident in May.
Poor Seabass was struck by a van and dragged along concrete for 20 metres as he sunbathed in front of his owner’s cycle repair shop in a mainly pedestrianised arts and retail complex in Peckham Rye, south London.
When the vehicle eventually stopped, Seabass emerged from beneath its wheels covered in cuts and with his right hip dislocated, before slumping at Sam’s feet as pain and shock consumed him.
Sam, 33, said: “When the accident happened the noise was horrific, I’ve never heard anything like it in my life and will never forget it. Seabass was just screaming out in pain.
”He kept trying to stand up but every time he just fell back down and was dragged along even further.
“When the driver stopped, Seabass was just completely disorientated because he had just been asleep on the floor before so he hadn’t seen anything and didn’t know what had happened.
“He ran over to me and just fell onto my feet, and I saw that he had practically no fur left on his right leg. He had a lot of puncture wounds and cuts.”