XL Bully shot by police following attack on woman in street

A "dangerously out of control" XL Bully was shot dead by police after it attacked and injured a woman.

The incident occurred on Gladstone Road in Eccles, Salford at about 9pm on Friday, following multiple reports of a dog attacking members of the public.

Greater Manchester Police stated that specialised officers who arrived at the scene were unable to calm the animal and, as a last resort, had to put the dog down.

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The woman who was attacked is currently receiving medical attention for her injuries. Two men were taken into custody after they confronted the responding officers.

Images from the scene show several police vehicles at the junction of Liverpool Road and Gladstone Road, with numerous officers, including armed units, present, reports the Manchester Evening News.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "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 stated that enquiries into the dog owner are ongoing.

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