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Insp Nicki Tompsett said owners were ultimately responsible for raising friendly dogs, after officers were forced to shoot dead an aggressive pitbull which had attacked its owner
The dog's owner suffered terrible bite wounds and a suspected broken arm but paramedics couldn't get past the aggressive animal to treat him

A dog was shot dead by police after the animal mauled its owner.

Armed officers were given a green light to kill the pitbull following a vicious attack at flats in Bolton.

The animal's owner suffered deep bite wounds and a suspected broken arm and will now undergo surgery for his injuries.

Police raced to Little Holme Walk at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening, March 3.

They discovered a man had been mauled by his dog and paramedics were unable to get past the animal to treat him.

A GMP spokesman said 'authority for human destruction for the dog was granted as a last recourse and the dog was shot'.

Paramedics then tended to the dog's owner, who suffered numerous deep puncture wounds to his left arm, wrist and hands and a possible fracture.

He was taken to Bolton Royal Infirmary where he will undergo surgery.

Insp Nicki Tompsett said: "Clearly, the destruction of any animal is not something we as a police force take lightly and in this instance, considerable efforts were made to control the animal.

"However, the dog continued to behave in such an aggressive way and its demeanour was such that we could not attend to the man who had been seriously injured, and therefore the decision was made to destroy the dog before anyone else could be hurt or the victim himself sustained further, life-changing injuries.

"What this incident demonstrates is the dangers dogs can pose to everyone - including their owners.

"Certain types of animals do pose a greater risk to their owners and innocent passersby because of their aggressive nature, and that is what our officers were confronted with last night.

"However, I also want to stress that the ultimate responsibility lies with the owner of the dogs.

"Dangerous dogs are bred, not born, so it is incumbent on all dog owners to ensure their pets are well brought-up and friendly.

"Legislation is now in place to prosecute those who fail to control their dogs or breed them for criminal or violent purposes and we will enforce that legislation to protect innocent members of our community from being attacked."