A man and a woman have been arrested after a puppy was mauled to death in the streets of Doncaster by an XL Bully.

South Yorkshire Police say they were called at 10.20am this morning to Charles Street in Skellow, to reports of an out-of-control XL Bully. The dog was attacking a Chihuahua which was being walked, and the XL Bully is believed to have escaped from a nearby property.

The puppy was then taken to the vets, but it sadly had to be put to sleep. Firearms officers were on the scene and the XL Bully has been placed in police kennels.

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A 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of owning a dog dangerously out-of-control.

Chief Inspector Emma Cheney said: “Over the Christmas and New Year people will be out enjoying their days off, walking their dogs.

“As an owner you are responsible for your dog’s actions, whether that be within your home or a public place. If your dog causes fear or harm, it will be you, the owner who is held accountable and, in some cases, put before the courts.

“Irresponsible dog ownership is costing dog’s lives and causing serious injury to members of the public and their loved pets. This will not be tolerated within South Yorkshire. Please think ahead this festive season, we see many people enjoying the bank holidays with walks in parks.

“Keep your dog under control, on a lead and if it becomes easily stressed, you may choose to walk your dog during quieter periods. Take the time to ensure your garden is secure and your gate locks to your dog cannot escape.”

If you have concerns about a dog in the community, South Yorkshire Police ask that you report it to them.

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