Five police officers mauled by crazed dog as they raid suspect's home - and it took four shots to finally kill it

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Five police officers mauled by crazed dog as they raid suspect's home - and it took four shots to finally kill it

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:22 am

Five police officers mauled by crazed dog as they raid suspect's home - and it took four shots to finally kill it
Blood-stained pavement marks the spot where the officers were attacked
Armed officers forced to shoot four rounds before dog finally killed

Neighbour describes officer's frantic screams for help as he is savaged by the dog
Four of the officers are said to be in a serious but stable condition
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier had attacked before, according to neighbours

By Chris Greenwood and Nick Mcdermott
PUBLISHED: 15:29, 22 March 2012 | UPDATED: 01:45, 23 March 2012
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Five policemen were in hospital last night after being savaged by a dog as they hunted a suspected violent kidnapper.
The officers were said to have ‘life-changing’ wounds as serious as those seen after a shootout.
One officer had his arm broken between the animal’s jaws, while others had chunks of flesh torn from their legs and arms. Some will require plastic surgery, and one could lose several fingers.
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Blood-stained: Officers guard the scene where earlier five police constables were savaged while executing a raid
Mauling: Neighbours heard screams just after 9.30am this morning as the crazed dog savaged the officers in Newham

Neutralised: Camera phone footage shows the moment the dog was shot by armed police after a bloody street battle where the animal savaged five officers

Savage: Mobile phone footage shows a Met Police officer having to to take evasive action on a wall, while another is set upon by the crazed animal

Under attack: The officer continues to struggle against the violent dog as his colleague can do nothing but look on in terror

Lashing out: A stunned local resident in East London perches on a wall as two police officers are savaged by the animal yards away

A police marksman brought the carnage to an end when he blasted the dog four times with a shotgun after it was cornered in the street.
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Neighbours revealed they had reported the animal, described as a brown dobermann/pitbull cross called Poison, to the council several times.
They said it was responsible for other attacks, including one in which a builder was pulled from his bicycle and mauled so badly ‘it looked like he was being eaten alive’.

Crazed: Armed police had to shoot the animal four times before it was finally dead
Running for cover: The dog, thought to have been a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, mauls the leg of a Met Police officer

Alarm: Residents in Newham, East London, said they heard voices shouting for help as the dog went on the rampage outside

Battle: Officers who eventually restrained the dog had to shoot it four times before it finally gave in

Police chiefs suspect criminals and gang members are deliberately breeding vicious animals as weapons.
The attack took place on a residential street in Stratford, east London, where patches of dried blood remain visible along a 30ft stretch of the road.

Witnesses said the dog ran free after a team searching a man wanted for grievous bodily harm and kidnap broke down the door of a terraced house.
Mobile phone footage taken by a passer-by shows the animal pouncing on one policeman and biting his arm.

The officer tries to fight the dog off by grabbing at its neck – but the animal is too strong.
At one point, it clamps its jaws so tightly around the man’s limb that it is lifted off the ground when he tries to shake it off.

A colleague is seen climbing on to a wall to escape the animal.
LOCALS WARNED OF DEVIL DOG
Residents in Albert Square, Newham, said the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has attacked before - mauling a cyclist, last summer.

Pregnant Rehema Nyange said locals had repeatedly called Newham Council. But nothing was done.

She said: ‘That dog is so dangerous and the people who own it don't care. They were shouting abuse at other residents. They didn't even bother to find the man and say sorry.

‘When I saw it in the street, I would always run away. I was scared. There are people with children on this street and there's a school close by. It could easily have attacked anybody.

I'm glad it's finally gone.’

Speaking about the attack she witnessed last September the 30-year-old said: ‘It attacked a guy as he rode his bicycle to work. The dog was running around the street, it was never on a leash. Then it got the man's leg. It bit him so bad.

‘It must have took a chunk out of it as when the paramedics came they had to cut his trousers off to get to it. It was a big wound.

‘He was crying like a baby but people were too scared to go out and help him in case the dog turned on them.’

A Newham Council spokesman said: 'On 28 April 2011, the council investigated a complaint that a dog had bitten a cyclist in Albert Square.

'On 6 May 2011, the council's animal welfare officers conducted an initial visit to the property but there was no response.

'This case was discussed by police and the council in June 2011.

'As this is now subject to a criminal investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.'
The dog was finally cornered by a dozen officers who arrived from a nearby station armed with riot shields.

Colleagues from the Metropolitan Police’s CO19

armed unit then arrived and shot it.
Dennis Clarke, 71, said he called Newham Council three years ago to register his fears but was told officials could not do anything until the dog bit someone.

Describing the latest attack, he said: ‘The first I knew was when I heard someone yelling: “Help! Help!”
‘I came out my front door, and I could see the dog had the police officer’s leg and it wouldn’t let go. It was hanging off him.’
Student Gemma Smith, 27, added: ‘I woke up to screaming and I thought someone had been stabbed.’

She said officers told residents to go inside once they cornered the animal.

‘I heard gun shots. When I looked out of the window, the dog was shaking on the ground.’
A police source said four of the five officers suffered ‘life-changing injuries’, and that one may need to have one or more fingers amputated.

‘They have suffered some really nasty injuries; broken bones, gashes that will need dozens of stitches and even plastic surgery,’ he said.

‘The injuries are as bad as being shot. It has taken out huge chunks of flesh.’
All five were said to be in a stable condition at the Royal London Hospital last night.

The Met said a 25-year-old man arrested at the scene was being questioned over the attack.
Newham Council confirmed it had investigated a complaint that the dog had attacked a cyclist last April, and said the case was discussed with police in June.

An inquiry is under way to establish why officers did not know the dog was in the property.
DANGEROUS DOGS ACT
Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (and as amended in 1997) it is illegal to own any Specially Controlled Dogs without specific exemption from a court.
The dogs have to be muzzled and kept on a lead in public, they must be registered and insured, neutered, and microchipped. The Act also bans the breeding, sale and exchange of these dogs, even if they are on the Index of Exempted Dogs.

Four types in particular were identified by the Act:
Pit Bull Terrier
Japanese Tosa
Dogo Argentino
Fila Brasileiro
The Act also covers cross breeds of these dog. Dangerous dogs are classified by 'type', not by breed label. This means that whether a dog is prohibited will depend on its physical characteristics, and whether they match the description of a prohibited 'type'.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not on the banned list, but there are campaigners who believe that they should be.



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Nothing unusual about a dog that has savaged people previously but the police have done nothing.

Strange that on this occasion it goes on to attack the police them selves.

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Re: Five police officers mauled by crazed dog as they raid suspect's home - and it took four shots to finally kill it

Post by Guest on Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:01 pm

It's up to the owner to ensure his/her dog is no danger to the public. -- Should have been the owner who suffered as well.

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Re: Five police officers mauled by crazed dog as they raid suspect's home - and it took four shots to finally kill it

Post by Guest on Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:51 pm

fred bloggs wrote:It's up to the owner to ensure his/her dog is no danger to the public. -- Should have been the owner who suffered as well.

Am not sure about re-introducing dog licences but this problem is becoming a bit too much........

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