A man in Manchester has died after being mauled by a “dangerously out of control” dog.
Officers were called to reports of concern for a man in Westleigh Lane, Leigh at around 9.10pm on Thursday, May 18.
They found a 37-year-old man with serious injuries believed to be caused by a “dangerously out of control dog”, Greater Manchester Police said.
The injured man was taken to hospital, where he died in the early hours of the morning of May 19.
Armed officers were deployed in an effort to control the dog, and police said officers reviewed “every available tactic” to subdue the dog, but it had to be humanely destroyed.
A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog causing injury resulting in death. He remains in custody for further questioning.
Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst of GMP’s Wigan district said: “Firstly, I would like to extend my condolences to the loved ones of the victim of this attack. Our officers and our partners are currently supporting the victim’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.
“We recognise this incident will rightly cause concern within the local area and we would like to reassure the public that we explored every possible avenue to protect the local community and the animal involved.
“We would urge members of the public to please come forward if they have any information in regard to this incident, any information you may have may be a huge help to our investigation.
“You can report information to GMP on 101 quoting log 3769 of May 18. You can also report information to us online using the ‘report’ tool: www.gmp.police.uk
“Alternatively, you can report information to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“This is a distressing incident which has resulted in the sad passing of a man and we are determined to ensure this does not happen again in our community. If you think someone has or is breeding dangerous dogs, please report it online on by calling 101.”