Thursday, July 18, 2024

Dog shot dead by Christchurch police

NZ Police were today forced to shoot a dog that attacked a Police service dog as they attended an incident in Christchurch today.

Police were called to the scene outside Ferry Road Motel (pictured) just after 2pm today following reports a person had slashed a resident’s car tyres with a knife.

“Police have attended armed as a precaution,” Christchurch Metro Area Commander, Superintendent Lane Todd said.

“During the arrest of a male at the address, a dog has come from inside and attacked a Police dog.

“Officers have attempted to use OC spray and a Taser to subdue the dog, but these were unsuccessful, and the dog was subsequently shot by Police.”

The injured dog was immediately taken to a local veterinarian for treatment, but unfortunately has since died.

The Police dog has been vet-checked and its injuries are said to be non life-threatening.

“Police never take the shooting of an animal lightly, but it is sometimes necessary to ensure the safety of our staff, Police dogs, and members of the public,” Supt Todd said.

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