"I bent down to put this through the letter box, it's always the letter boxes on the floor you need to be aware of, and the dog tried to pull me through the letter box. He had the end of my finger. I had to pull myself away from the dog. I just pulled my finger out – it was an instant reaction."
Unfortunately for the people of Beeston, Lilley managed to escape the clutches of the canine and retreated to the relative safety of a nearby shop, wrapping his finger in a handkerchief.
"It didn't bleed straight away, there was a time gap, we went into a shop and it really started to bleed," he explained to the Post. "I'm still having it dressed now, it's made a mess out of the finger."
Rather than drawing the obvious conclusion and fucking off, leaving the people of Beeston alone, Lilley has called for letter boxes to be standardised in the UK, with them external to the property as they are in the US.
The dog's opinion of the incident or the quality of Broxtowe Conservatives' electoral paraphernalia is not recorded.
With an election coming up and all the parties, major and minor, likely to be stepping up their campaigning it remains to be seen if this is a one-off incident or if we'll see a spate of dog-led direct action against the electoral farce.