At around 9:10 last night police responded to reports of a man being mauled by two dogs in the street at Priors Grange High Pittington.
Police and ambulance crews responded immediately and one of the dogs was able to be contained at the scene. The other dog was found a short time afterwards in the Coronation Terrace area of Pittington where it was humanely destroyed by police firearms officers at around 11pm. Both dogs are believed to be American Bulldogs. The remaining dog has been taken to kennels where it will remain until a decision is made regarding its future.
The 47 year old local man injured in the attack, who is also the owner of both dogs, was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital in Newcastle where he remains with what are believed to be serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Durham City Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Coxon said: “I can confirm that both dogs were quickly captured by police and it was necessary for reasons of public safety to humanely destroy one of the dogs. I understand this must have been a shocking incident for those witnessing it and I would like to thank those members of the public for their efforts in trying to assist the man. My officers will be out in the Priors Grange area of Pittington throughout the course of the day to offer reassurance and support.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101.