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Dog attack police seize 14 American bulldogs as a safety precaution from one address

October 22, 2014, 12:30 pm

A police investigation is continuing after a man was seriously injured by dogs in the Belmont area of Durham yesterday.

At around 1pm police were called to reports of five American bulldogs attacking a man on fields in an area between Pittington and Belmont known locally as ‘the scrambles.

Police responded and the dogs were quickly secured and taken to kennels where they remain.

A 48 year old man from Pittington was arrested at the scene for failing to keep his dogs under proper control.  He was questioned by police at Durham city police station yesterday afternoon and has now been released on bail, until late November, pending further enquiries.

The injured man a 63 year old from Belmont, was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Durham (UHND) where he remains with serious non-life threatening injuries to his head and leg.

Police believe the incident unfolded when a 48 year old man from Pittington was walking his five American bulldogs with his friend, a woman in her late 60s from Sedgefield.

At the same time it appears that the 63 year old man who was injured was walking his Staffordshire bull terrier in the same area when the dogs began fighting with one another.  The owner of the Staffordshire bull terrier intervened and was bitten by the dogs.  The woman from Sedgefield was also bitten on the leg but did not require hospital treatment.

Initial reports suggested a third person had also been injured but we can confirm today that this was not the case.

The Staffordshire bull terrier was seriously injured in the incident and remains in the care of a local vet.

Neighbourhood Chief Inspector for Durham Andy Huddleston said “I can confirm that the 48 year old man owns 14 American bulldogs in total and although only 5 were involved in this incident all 14 have been taken to local kennels as a safety precaution.  This is an ongoing investigation and my officers will be in the local area speaking with people as we work to establish exactly what happened yesterday.”

Chief Inspector Huddleston added “After the events of yesterday clearly questions are being asked about this mans ability to control his animals and this will form part of our investigation.  The dogs are legally held in that they are not categorised as dangerous dogs under the dangerous dogs act 1991.  However under new legislation introduced only this week, new options are available including a local authority public space protection order.  I would like to reassure people that all available options will be considered.”

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