Dog shot dead by police after attack leaves man fighting for life

Armed officers were called to reports of a 'dangerously out of control dog' attacking two men.

A “dangerously out of control dog” has been shot dead by police after an attack on two men left one in hospital fighting for his life.

Armed officers were called to the Tinto View area of Hamilton at 5pm on Tuesday following reports of a “large bulldog type” animal attacking people.

Emergency services attended the scene and a man was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment for life-threatening injuries.

The dog attempted to attack an officer and was shot dead by armed police.

A second man who was also attacked by the dog on Loudonhill Avenue, shortly before the incident on Tinto View, was taken to Hairmyres Hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

Superintendent Steven Espie said: “This was a distressing incident for those involved. I would like to reassure the local community that this was a contained incident and there is no further risk to the public.

“There will be a continued police presence in the area while our enquiries continue.

“Enquiries are also ongoing to establish the breed of the dog.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland added: “A firearm was discharged during the response to this incident.

“As with any firearm discharge, the circumstances of the incident will be referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).”

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