A heavily-pregnant woman was rushed to hospital after being ‘savaged by mastiff dogs’ while trying to rescue her own pet Chihuahuas. Emily Myford, who is 37 weeks pregnant, and her soldier husband Sam were walking their pets when the bigger dogs attacked them. ¬†Fearing for the life of his wife, 23, and unborn baby, Sam bravely fought off the frenzied dogs.

He received several injuries during the “terrifying” attack – which only ended when a witness drove his car at the dogs. He plucked Sam and Emily and their terrified small dogs to safety and drove away with the crazed mastiffs leaping at the car windows trying to get at them inside. ¬†Around 40 people witnessed the horrific attack which happened near the famous White Horse hill carving in Westbury, Wilts around 7pm on Tuesday.

Sam was treated in hospital for bites to his hands, arms and legs. There were fears his wife had been forced into premature labour after she started contractions but doctors managed to halt them in the early hours of this morning. One chihuahua is currently awaiting surgery for his injuries, but police say both are expected to make a full recovery. Police are encouraging witnesses to come forward.