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Dog news: Five rushed to hospital after being mauled Rottweiler in a park

All five were treated at the Countess of Chester Hospital in Cheshire. After the attack, police seized the animal and transported it to a safe kennel. It took place at Luton Park in the town of Ellesmere Port on August 30.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: ‘At 2.40pm on Tuesday August 30, police were called to a report of a dangerous dog in Luton Park, Ellesmere Port.

“The police arrived and found a Rottweiler out of control.

“During the incident, five people were bitten while trying to control the dog.

“They both suffered minor injuries and were treated at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

“The dog was subsequently caught by police and is currently in a secure kennel.”

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The number of dog bites in the UK has risen sharply over the past 15 years, with the number of people hospitalized following the attack doubling.

NHS figures in 2019 show that 10,000 people need hospital treatment each year for assault, or 15 in every 100,000 people.

In 2005, the number was 7 in 100,000.

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There will be at least eight fatal dog attacks in the UK in 2022, up from three in 2021 and two in 2022.

The RSPCA has previously raised concerns about the urge to buy dogs during the pandemic, but was unaware of their previous breeding conditions.

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The NHS advises anyone bitten by a dog to clean the wound with soap and water, then gently squeeze the wound to prevent infection, before covering it with a clean dressing.

For deeper or more serious injuries, call 999.

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