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Armed police kill ‘aggressive’ dog after it escapes from property and attacks two women

Armed police put down an “aggressive” dog yesterday after it escaped from a property and attacked two women.

Officers swarmed Shakespeare Road in Oldham, Greater Manchester on Saturday after reports of a dog attack.

Police say the animal escaped from a home before attacking two women at around 10am.

Both victims were rushed to hospital from the scene with their injuries described as serious but not life-threatening.

A 29-year-old man has since been arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The dog was destroyed by specialist armed police at the scene and an investigation is underway.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said the dog had to be put down “due to the number of people in the area and the injuries caused”.

The breed of the dog has not yet been confirmed.

In a statement, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “This morning (Saturday 22 October 2022) at around 10:00am officers were called to reports of a dangerous dog that had attacked two people in the Shakespeare Road area of Oldham.

“Officers attended the scene and two women had been attacked by a dog which is believed to have escaped from a property and was acting in an aggressive manner.

“Both women have been taken to hospital to receive treatment for injuries that are serious but not believed to be life-threatening.

“Specialist armed officers attended, and unfortunately due to the nature of the incident, the dog was destroyed as a safety precaution due to the number of people in the area and the injuries caused.

“A 29-year-old man has been arrested at the scene for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control injuring any person under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

“A scene remains in place and enquiries are ongoing.”