A dog has been shot dead by Armed Police after an attack left 2 people with serious injuries in Sandown last night (Sunday), with 1 woman being flown to Salisbury Hospital with potentially life-changing injuries.
As first reported by Island Echo, Police were called to the Fairway to deal with what Hampshire Constabulary say was reports of a dangerously out of control dog – now confirmed to be a Staffordshire terrier and Mastiff cross.
The incident, which occurred shortly after 22:00, saw the dog attack its owner – a woman in her 40s – leaving her with serious and potentially life-changing injuries. Island Echo is told that she has sustained substantial arm injuries and has been flown to a specialist plastics hospital in Salisbury.
A man in his 20s, who is known to the owner, was also attacked by the dog. He remains in St Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries.
Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that armed officers were deployed to the scene where the dog was dispatched to prevent any further members of the public coming to serious harm.
Inspector Matt Moss has this morning said:
“We understand the circumstances will be incredibly distressing for the public, but please be reassured that it is very rare for our officers to have to deal with an incident of this nature.
“The two injured people remain in hospital at this time and our enquiries remain ongoing to establish how this incident happened.
“The dog involved did have to be destroyed at the scene by attending officers. We do not take these sorts of decisions lightly, and we are confident that this was absolutely necessary in the circumstances to protect the wider public, due to the threat that the dog posed.
“We would like to thank the two members of the public who stopped at the scene in their vehicle to assist the two injured people prior to the arrival of emergency services. Thankfully they were unharmed, and their actions may have prevented the dog from causing further injuries.”
It is currently unclear what caused the dog to turn on its owner.