A Yorkshire Terrier has been put down after it was viciously attacked by a police dog in Lincolnshire.
Three-year-old Barbie was bitten on a private road near Fishtoft at around 10.35pm on Monday, February 29.
The police dog was being exercised by a handler from the East Midlands Operational Support Service when the attacked occurred.
Lincolnshire Police have said that the officer was unaware that another man and his dog were approaching them in the dark.
A spokesperson for the force added: “Unfortunately, the man’s dog was bitten by the police dog. The officer immediately escorted the man and his dog to a local vet but sadly the man’s dog was later put down due to its injuries.
“The full circumstances of the incident are being thoroughly investigated and we are in contact with the dog’s owner.”
PC Mick Judge, the dog handler, is a dog lover as well as a professional handler and is very upset at what has happened. The incident is being investigated and police said it will compensate the owner of the dog for all the vet fees.