With the Prime Minister announcing a Ban on the ‘American Bully’ breed, two of them were shot dead by the police after they attacked four people in Cleadon at the end of August.
A family member of the victims of the attack said that two American Bully dogs mauled a 9-year-old boy and his father before turning their violent attention to their two owners.
The government announced a ban on the breed today to be implemented by December, but this has come under public criticism who have stated the ultimate responsibility for a dog’s behaviour lies with its owners.
Despite this, there has been a 50 per cent increase in hospital admissions for dog bites over 10 years, with the biggest rise being attributed to children under four.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At around 12.20pm on Sunday, August 27, police received a report that two dogs had injured four people on Moorfield Gardens in Cleadon.
“Officers attended the scene and were able to contain the dogs indoors.
“A short time later – and in agreement with the owner – the dogs were destroyed to ensure the safety of the public.”
“Two men, a woman and a boy were taken to hospital for treatment with injuries not described as life-changing.