Police shoot dangerous XL Bully dog after attack on woman

Armed police at the scene
-Credit: (Image: ASP)

An XL Bully dog was fatally shot by police after it became "dangerously out of control", assaulting a woman in Greater Manchester.

Police were summoned to Gladstone Road in Eccles, Salford, around 9pm on Friday evening following multiple reports that a dog posed a threat to the public. Accordingly, officers at the scene specialising in such situations failed to regain control over the dog and resorted to killing it 'as the last possible option'.

There has been one female casualty reported from the incident, who remains under ongoing treatment for her injuries. In addition, two males have been apprehended subsequent to their confrontation with officers at the location.

The scene was reportedly fraught with tension as numerous police cars gathered at the cross junction between Liverpool Road and Gladstone Road in Eccles, amid an equally significant presence of armed officers.

A spokesperson for GMP illustrated the extreme scenario, pointing out the numerous notifications they received about the aggressive dog going rogue after which the XL Bully was put down as "the last possible option". The extent of damage suffered by the attacked woman remains uncertain, although she is currently undergoing treatment all the same, reports the Mirror.

The spokesperson mentioned: "At around 9pm tonight (Friday 28 June 2024) on Gladstone Road in Eccles we were called to several reports of a dog dangerously out of control that was subsequently attacking the public and injured a woman in the process."

"Initially, both local officers and the public were unable to regain control of the dog. Specialised officers were deployed and tried to safely secure the XL Bully but were unsuccessful. This meant unfortunately due to the risk and harm it was causing as a banned breed it was destroyed at the scene as the last possible option."

"Two men were later arrested and detained after confronting officers. The woman victim is still receiving treatment for her injuries. We understand the concern this incident will raise within the community but our officers have a duty to act in challenging situations on a regular basis with the aim of keeping everyone safe."

GMP said enquiries regarding the dog owner are ongoing.

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