Police ‘satisfied’ with other dogs kept by man who was mauled by his own pets

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POLICE say they are satisfied after inspecting other dogs belonging to a pet owner mauled by his own animals.

The 47-year-old remains in hospital with serious arm injuries after he was attacked by his pair of American bulldogs while walking the animals through Priors Grange, High Pittington.

Officers killed one of the dogs and impounded another after brave neighbours struggled in vain to free the victim from the vicious animals on Sunday night.

Durham Police said they were made aware the owner had a number of other dogs at his property in Low Pittington.

A spokesman said an assessment carried out by officers from the force’s dog support unit has concluded the remaining dogs are being cared for appropriately and are not considered banned breeds under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Neighbourhood Inspector for Durham City Dave Coxon said: “My officers will continue to support the community of Pittington after the events of Sunday evening.

“An incident of this nature is shocking especially for those involved in trying to assist the man during the attack and I want to reassure people that police can be contacted on 101 should support or advice be required.”

Members of the neighbourhood policing team will be at a Police and Community Together (PACT) meeting at 7pm this evening at Hallgarth Manor Hotel in the village should residents wish to attend to discuss the incident.

Anyone with information or who requires support and advice can ring 101.