Monday 23 October 2017

Man in serious condition after being mauled by 'pack of bullmastiff dogs'

Police are investigating after the incident
Police are investigating after the incident

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

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

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

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 after police were called at about 7am.

An RSPCA spokeswoman 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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