Police Called to Dangerous Dog Incident

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Police Called to Dangerous Dog Incident

Shortly after 2.30pm today, police were called to an address in Hester's Way, Cheltenham following a report that a dog had attacked a man.

The 33-year-old Cheltenham man suffered a severe injury to his wrist as well as bites to his legs and body after being severely bitten by the American Pitbull inside a property in Joyner Road.

When police arrived at the scene, the injured man was trying to fend off the animal outside the property with the help of a member of the public equipped with a ladder.

A male officer also suffered injuries to his face and arm as he intervened. Both he and the other victim have been taken to Cheltenham General Hospital by ambulance.

Two dog handlers equipped with shields and lassoos attempted to contain the dangerous dog but the animal continued to present an extreme danger both to members of the public and officers. It was therefore destroyed by a police marksman at 3.04pm.

A 34-year-old Cheltenham man was subsequently arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act at 3.15pm.

Chief Inspector Steve Radcliffe said: "The dog severely injured both a member of the public and a police officer. Extensive attempts were made to contain it but this proved impossible and the lives of dog handlers and other people nearby would have been put at risk if it had been allowed to continue acting ferociously any longer. It was therefore destroyed by marksmen. A man has been arrested and is currently helping with inquiries at Cheltenham Police Station."

Posted : 26/01/2007 18:19:53

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