Police shoot dog dead in York street after attacking man

Hope Street, York
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A dog has been shot dead in York after attacking a man and a police officer.

North Yorkshire Police were called to Hope Street at 11.24am today, after reports of a man being bitten by an Akita at a house on the road. They raced to the scene and attempted to capture the dog.

However, it escaped out of the property and began to run loose on the streets. A police officer was also bitten by the dog while attempting to stop it.

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As a result, the police then shot and killed the dog. They said: "We were called at 11.24am today (Tuesday 02 July 2024) to a report that a man had been bitten by an Akita dog inside an address on Hope Street in York.

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"Officers attended and attempted to contain the dog before it escaped out of the property and was running loose on nearby streets. A police officer was also bitten by the dog whilst trying to apprehend it.

"A police firearm was used to dispatch the animal to protect members of the public and bring the incident to a safe conclusion."

Both the member of the public and the police officer were taken to hospital for treatment and an investigation is now underway.