Dog mauls three people in 'unprovoked' vicious attack which left one hospitalised

Prinknash Close

Police said the dog attack happened near Prinknash Close in Motson

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George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 17/11/2023

- 15:55

Two dogs have now been seized by police

An "unprovoked" dog attack last night left three people with serious injuries.

Emergency services attended the suburb of Matson in Gloucester at 6.20pm on Thursday.

Following the incident, one of the victims had to be rushed to hospital.

Two dogs were seized by officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary in the nearby area.

Officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary attended the scene\u200b

Officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary attended the scene


A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Police said: "Officers are appealing for witnesses after a dog attacked three people in Gloucester on Thursday.

"The incident happened on Prinknash Close, Matson, at around 6.20pm in what was believed to be an unprovoked attack.

"Three people suffered minor injuries, with one being treated at hospital.

"Following a search of the area, two dogs were seized by police.


Three dogs chasing each other

Two dogs were seized (stock image)


"Officers would now like to speak to anybody who may have information in relation to the incident.

"They are particularly keen to anybody who was in the area at the time or who has seen the dogs on previous occasions.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Gloucestershire Constabulary through the website, quoting incident 341 of November 16."

The breed of the dogs involved in the incident are not yet known.

It comes as figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request shows more than 9,000 people were taken to wards across the country due to being bitten or struck by dogs.

Animal charities have previously attributed the rise in dangerous dog attacks to the trend of purchasing the pets during lockdowns.

Figures show in 2022, 9,284 people needed to go to A&E for their injuries.

This compares to 8,409 in 2021 and 7,423 the previous year, when the first lockdown was enforced.

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