Oldham dog attack: two women hospitalised after shocking mauling as man is arrested

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Armed police were called to the scene

Two women have been taken to hospital with serious injures after being savagely mauled by an ‘aggressive’ dog which escaped from a house.

Armed police scrambled to Shakespeare Road, in Oldham, Greater Manchester, after the pair were viciously attacked by the crazed hound at 10am on Saturday (22 October).

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Both women were rushed to hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening and the dog was destroyed by police as a “safety precaution”. A 29-year-old man has been arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act and enquires are ongoing.

A man has been arrested and two women are in hospital after a dog attack on Saturday. It happened on Shakespeare Road in Oldham, Greater Manchester. Picture: SWNSA man has been arrested and two women are in hospital after a dog attack on Saturday. It happened on Shakespeare Road in Oldham, Greater Manchester. Picture: SWNS
A man has been arrested and two women are in hospital after a dog attack on Saturday. It happened on Shakespeare Road in Oldham, Greater Manchester. Picture: SWNS | Matthew Lofthouse SWNS

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “Officers were called to reports of a dangerous dog that had attacked two people in the Shakespeare Road area of Oldham. Officers attended the scene where two women had been attacked by a dog which is believed to have escaped from a property and was acting in an aggressive manner.

“Both women have been taken to hospital to receive treatment for injuries that are serious but not believed to be life-threatening. Specialist armed officers attended, and unfortunately due to the nature of the incident, the dog was destroyed as a safety precaution due to the number of people in the area and the injuries caused.

“A 29-year-old man has been arrested at the scene for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control injuring any person under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. A scene remains in place and enquiries are ongoing.”