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Officers who deliberately knocked down dog running loose on motorway referred to watchdog

Police say the decision was not taken lightly.

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POLICE OFFICERS WHO deliberately killed a dog by running it down have been referred to the police watchdog.

The dog was running loose on the A55 dual carriageway in Conwy in the early hours of Monday morning when members of North Wales Police made the decision.

It’s understood that one officer who tried to get the dog was bitten in the process and that firearms officers were concerned they wouldn’t be able to get a safe shot.

The owner of the foxhound, which went missing after a hunt, has since been traced and police say that while the owner is devastated, he understands “that officers had a very difficult decision to make at the time”.

Speaking about the owner’s reaction, Chief Superintendent Sacha Hatchett said:

He said he appreciates that given the risk to human life, the officers made the correct decision. He is supportive of the police as had there been a serious accident he said he could not have lived with himself.

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The case has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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