Dog shot after attack
January 24, 2007 09:41am
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POLICE were forced to shoot an aggressive american pitbull after the dog attacked a man near Mandurah yesterday afternoon.
Constable Ryan Goddard, from Mandurah police, said officers tried to subdue the angry animal with pepper spray and using a Taser stun gun, but attempts proved fruitless.
Police were called to a house in Warbrook Place, Coodanup at 2pm yesterday after a report that the dog had attacked a man who had been visiting the property.
The victim, who was bitten on his arms and around his groin, managed to break free from the dog's clutches and a passerby cornered the dog in the laundry, stacking chairs in front of the door.
But when the dog broke out of the laundry and ran towards police, it was shot. The dog died instantly.
``It was in the laundry but it wasn't secure because it was only barricaded with a few chairs. It got out and it moved towards one of the officers,'' Constable Goddard said.
``We tried all our force options but it had no effect. We had no other choice.''
Previous efforts by the owner and two rangers from the City of Mandurah had failed to control the dog.
An ambulance was called, but the victim, aged in his 30s, was not taken to hospital for treatment.
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