Sunday 25 September 2016

Man in serious condition after being mauled by pack of dogs at home

Ben Mitchell

Published 07/03/2016 | 17:52

Vicarage Hill, Westerham, Kent (Photo: Google Maps)
Vicarage Hill, Westerham, Kent (Photo: Google Maps)

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being mauled by a pack of dogs at his home.

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Firearms officers were called to the address in Vicarage Hill, Westerham, Kent, after receiving a report that the man had been bitten by the bullmastiff dogs.

A Kent Police spokesman said that the injured man was taken to hospital with serious injuries and a total of five dogs were removed from the property.

He said: "Officers including firearms officers attended to assist and, to ensure public safety, the road was closed for a short while.

"A man was taken to a London hospital with serious injuries.

"Five dogs believed to be bullmastiffs have been safely removed from the property and work to ensure their welfare is ongoing by police and partner agencies.

"Enquiries into the incident are ongoing."

The five dogs, types of bullmastiffs, were sedated and removed from the property one-by-one in individual kennels.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: "The RSPCA can confirm that we were called to an incident in Westerham, Kent, this morning by Kent Police following reports a man had been attacked by dogs.

"An RSPCA inspector and an independent vet attended the incident to assist officers in sedating and handling the five dogs at the scene."

The dogs are now in police care, she added.

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