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Police investigate after dog attack involving up to six American bulldogs

October 21, 2014, 4:09 pm

Three people have been injured following a dog attack in the Belmont area of Durham City today.

Just after 1pm today officers were called to Coniston Close area of Belmont following a report of a man being attacked by dogs.

Police believe a man and a woman were walking six American bulldogs when the dogs began fighting with a Staffordshire bull terrier that was also being walked by its owner.  The owner of the Staffordshire bull terrier, a 63 year old man from Belmont, was injured during the incident.

He was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Durham (UHND) with injuries to his limbs and head.  His condition is described as serious.

A woman was also injured with bites to her hand.

Immediately after this incident a local woman walking nearby was injured by one of the dogs.  She was also taken to UHND where she is being treated for injuries to her leg.

A 48 year old man from Pittington has been arrested in connection with the incident.  He is currently being questioned by officers at Durham City police station.

Neighbourhood Chief Inspector for Durham Andy Huddleston said “I can confirm all dogs involved in the incident have been secured and there is no immediate danger to the public.  The people injured have been taken to hospital where we are monitoring their progress.”

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