A dog described by Highland police as "dangerously out of control" had to be put down after turning on its owner in an incident which forced the closure of a busy city road.

The drama unfolded in Inverness around noon today.

Police said the 51-year-old male, who has not been named, suffered injuries to both arms following the incident on Sir Walter Scott Drive.

The man was taken to hospital after the attack by his dog, whch is understood to be a mixed breed Staffordshire bull terrier/American Bulldog.

Police said the man's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. He was treated at nearby Raigmore Hospital.

In the interests of public safety, Sir Walter Scott Drive was closed for approximately 30 minutes whilst veterinary assistance was hailed.

During this period, the dog was controlled by police dog handlers assisted by divisional staff.

Police said in a statement later: "Unfortunately the dog required to be humanely euthanized at the scene."

Police said that enquiries are continuing into the circumstances and anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.