After the dog attacked the owner and escaped, armed police shot and killed it – a helicopter was called in to help.
ARMED POLICE and a helicopter have been dispatched to track down a dog that attacked its owner and then ran away from their garden.
After the dog rounded on its owner, the cops were called.
After the dog ran away from its home in Exeter, Devon, a helicopter was dispatched to the scene.
Another family pet was also attacked by the dog, an American bulldog.
Around 3 p.m. on Friday, police were called to Exeter’s Beacon Heath neighborhood.
The escaped dog was tracked down with the help of a National Police Air Service helicopter and an armed response.
The dog’s owners were only slightly injured.
In the interest of safety, the owners agreed that the dog should be put down.
“The decision to authorize an armed response to this incident was not taken lightly,” said Devon and Cornwall Police Inspector Greg Hine. “However, we responded proportionately to the risk to public safety.”
“Unfortunately, the dog was unable to be controlled and had to be put down humanely.”
“The owners agreed to our plan, which we recognize was upsetting for them and the community.”
A previous dog attack in the city resulted in the animal being rehomed rather than destroyed on the orders of a judge.
A bull terrier attacked and dragged a six-year-old boy from his bike.
Caesar, the dog, was on the verge of being put down following the attack in Exeter in 2020.
After a dog behavioural expert offered to adopt him, he found a new home at an animal shelter in Devon.
The dog was allowed to stay with its previous owner, but not with him.
Dean Johns, who previously owned Caesar, admitted to having a dangerously out of control dog.
He was sentenced to a year in prison, with a two-year suspension.
He was also barred from owning a dog for the next two years.
He was fined £200 and ordered to do 180 hours of community service.
“This is not so much a case about this particular animal as it is about the defendant and his ability to control him,” the judge said.
“In this case, the owner is just as much to blame as the dog.”
When the dog is out in public, he or she must wear a muzzle, a harness, and two leads.