Woman attacked by dog and hospitalised as police swoop on street

File photo of a Belgian malinois
-Credit: (Image: Wim Harwig)


A woman remains in hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries after being attacked by a dog at her home. The victim, in her 90s, suffered a serious dog bite to her arm.

The incident happened in the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday, May 30) at an address in Cannis Road, St Austell. The dog was seized and destroyed and a man has been arrested and remains in custody.

A witness reports that police have remained in the area since the incident more than 24 hours ago. Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed the dog has been put to sleep and that it was not a banned breed.

READ MORE: Industrial estate fire causes huge plumes of smoke

READ MORE: Man pulled from water and hospitalised after air ambulance lands on beach

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police were notified of a concern for welfare for a woman in her 90s at 12.45am on Thursday, May 30. The woman had been taken to Derriford Hospital after she had sustained a serious dog bite to her arm.

"Her injuries are considered to be potentially life threatening and she remains in hospital. Her next of kin have been informed. Officers attended an address in Cannis Road, St Austell, where a dog was seized and was subsequently put to sleep."

Get the best stories and latest news delivered to your inbox every day. Choose what you want here.

Cannis Road in St Austell
A woman has potentially life threatening injuries after being attacked by a dog -Credit:Google Maps

The force added: "The dog was not a banned breed. This is believed to have been an isolated incident with no wider risk to the community.

"A police cordon remains in place while enquiries are continuing. A man in his 60s from St Austell has been arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing a vulnerable adult to suffer serious harm. He remains in police custody." The force has since confirmed the breed was a Belgian malinois.

The police later added: "A man in his 60s from St Austell was arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing a vulnerable adult to suffer serious harm. He has been released on police until 29 August."

⚠️ Want the latest Cornwall breaking news and top stories first? Click here to join CornwallLive on WhatsApp and we'll send breaking news and top stories directly to your phone. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.