Zeus turned on his new owner and another man who both suffered injuries as they tried to defend themselves before armed police stepped in and shot the large dog with a Taser
An XL Bully dog shot dead by police moments after he savagely attacked two men, had only been adopted by his new owner two weeks earlier.
Zeus turned on his new owner and another man who both suffered injuries as they tried to defend themselves before armed police stepped in and shot the large dog with a Taser. Despite the volts the animal continued mauling the pair and was eventually shot dead by officers in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.
The dog had been rescued from England and brought to Scotland just two weeks earlier it has been revealed. His owner was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital with serious lower limb injuries. His current condition is unknown. A second man was taken to Hairmyres Hospital and treated for minor injuries.
An eyewitness said: “A knife was thrown to the owner to try and kill the dog. He stabbed it but it didn’t make any difference.” Another witness, named Kevin, said: “I heard a lot of commotion and looked out the window to see two men wrestling with the dog. It was a big dog, probably about eight or nine stone. It had hold of one of the guys and wouldn’t let go.
“They were hitting it with stuff and shouting at it to stop, but it was so distressed and angry. There was blood everywhere. The owner was covered in blood. His legs, hands and wrists looked badly injured. I phoned the police and when they came the dog was still attacking anyone who went near it. One of the guys managed to get away but the owner was still being attacked.
“Police showed up and Tasered him but he still wouldn’t stop. Then armed police came and he was shot four times. The first 2 shots didn’t take him out. It was awful to witness, but I know why they had to do it. If he hadn’t been killed, he would have killed someone.”
CCTV footage from before the attack show the dog happily wagging his tail and jumping up at the counter of a local shop when he is fed a biscuit. The sweet scene was soon replaced with another full of blood when the dog suddenly mauled his owner and another man.
Local Day Today shopkeeper Numan Saifi told the Daily Record : “Zeus was in here with his owner just before the attack. I can’t believe this has happened. He always seemed calm and friendly. The dog would come into our shop most days and always seemed very well-behaved. He would jump up on the counter to get his dog treats and had a little innocent face. He had been rescued a few weeks ago after he was beaten and abandoned. You could tell he hasn’t been treated well in the past because he was covered in scars. It’s tragic this has happened.”
Police Scotland confirmed the dog was shot dead by specialist armed cops after it also attempted to attack an officer. The incident will now be referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner because a firearm was discharged during the response to the incident.
Superintendent Steven Espie said: “This was a distressing incident for those involved. I would like to reassure the local community this was a contained incident and there is no further risk to the public. There will be a continued police presence in the area while our enquiries continue. Enquiries are also ongoing to establish the breed of the dog.”