We are aware of footage circulating on social media reporting to be of an incident of a dog dangerously out of control on Handsworth Road in Sheffield this evening (Tuesday 19 September).
We can confirm we were called at about 5.40pm to report a member of the public being bitten by a dog at the location.
Officers attended the scene, including firearms officers to safeguard the public, and it is believed the dog jumped over a wall to access the road.
The man received serious injuries to his arm and chest but these are not thought to be life-changing or life-threatening.
Officers trapped the dog in a contained area and were eventually able to seize it and safely remove it from the location.
Chief Inspector Emma Cheney said: “We know these incidents will cause concern among those who live near the location, and for those who witnessed the incident this would have been upsetting.
“We want to reassure people the dog has been seized and removed while we carry out our enquiries and determine exactly what happened. All incidents of this nature are treated with the utmost diligence, and we will investigate thoroughly to ensure the community is kept safe.
“We would like to thank members of the public and medical staff who came to the aid of the victim, who has been taken to hospital for treatment at this time.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has CCTV or car dash cam footage which may have captured the incident can pass information to us via our online live chat, our online portal or by calling 101. Please quote incident number 716 of 19 September 2023 when you get in touch.
You can access our online portal here: www.southyorks.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/
Footage can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include the above incident number in the email subject line.
Alternatively, if you prefer not to give your personal details, you can stay anonymous and pass on what you know by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers. Call their UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111 or complete a simple and secure anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org
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