Wath dog attack: Dog killed after horrific attack leaves man with life altering injuries

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'Out of control' dog destroyed in emergency response to horrifying dog attack in Wath, Rotherham

A man has suffered ‘serious’, potentially life altering injuries after a horrific attack by a dog in a South Yorkshire village.

He was one of two people injured in the attack, which is understood to have ended with the dog being shot dead by police because of concerns more people could be injured.

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South Yorkshire Police say they were called to the incident on Monday, late in the afternoon, on Denman Road, in Wath on Dearne, Rotherham. They said a 54-year-old woman suffered minor injuries, and a 31-year-old man received serious and potentially life-altering injuries.

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They said in a statement: “At 4.34pm on Monday 3 June officers responded to reports of a dog bite incident in which two people had been injured.

“Officers arrived at the scene and attempted to capture the dog, however it was unable to be controlled and posed a risk of escaping and causing further injuries, and preventing access for ambulance staff to reach those injured.

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“Authorisation was given to destroy the dog to prevent any further injuries.”

They added that enquiries were ongoing to try to find out how the dog came to be dangerously out of control, and officers were appealing for witnesses to the incident, as well as anyone with CCTV footage, to come forward.

Anyone with information can get in touch with police online on  www.southyorks.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/ or by phoning them on 101.

If you are emailing CCTV footage, then please email it to [email protected]. .

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Either way they should make reference to the incident number, '675 of 3 June 2024' in the subject line of your email or in their call or message

You can also pass information on anonymously through Crimestoppers via the Crimestoppers website.

You can also contact Crimestoppers by phoning 0800 555 111.