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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Attributable to Superintendent Lane Todd, Christchurch Metro Area Commander:

Police were called just after 2pm today to a Ferry Road property to a report that someone had slashed another person’s tyre with a knife.

Police have attended armed as a precaution.

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.

It was immediately taken to a local vet for treatment, but unfortunately has since died.

The Police dog was checked by a vet and its injuries are not 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.

ENDS

Issued by the Police Media Centre

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