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'Out of control' dog shot dead

A "dangerously out of control" dog has been shot dead by police after biting a 12-year-old girl, taking a "chunk of flesh" out of a man's thigh and being chased into a play park being used by children.

Several shots of a Taser electric stun gun failed to stop the rampaging Staffordshire bull terrier which also tried to attack police officers.

The girl was treated by paramedics and the man was taken to hospital following the attack in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire Police said.

A spokeswoman said: "Officers were called to Despenser Road following reports that a large dog - believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier cross breed - had bitten a 12-year-old girl and a man and was dangerously out of control.

"When officers arrived, the animal attempted to bite them so a Taser was used in a bid to bring the animal under control. However, the dog ran away and the Taser was used twice more, but the dog could not be stopped.

"Officers chased it for approximately half a mile but it ran into Priors Park, where there were a number of members of the public, including children, in the area. In order to maintain public safety the decision was taken to destroy the dog using a shotgun.

"The girl bitten by the dog received treatment from the ambulance service at the scene, while the man was taken to Tewkesbury Hospital for treatment."

Inquiries are now being conducted to trace the dog's owner and further police action will follow, the force said.

Inspector Joseph Tierney, of Gloucestershire Police, said the dog took a "chunk" of flesh from the man's thigh, but added his injuries were not believed to be life-changing or life-threatening.

"The dog drew blood and was obviously attacking various people," he said.

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