A dog was shot and later "humanely destroyed" by police after it attacked a man who was trying to protect his one-year-old baby from being mauled by the animal.
Desperate members of the public tried to fight off the Japanese Akita with planks of wood after it viciously attacked the father on Marton Road, Middlesbrough, on Monday evening, September 7th.
The father, who is in his 20s, was walking with a young baby boy, who was in a pushchair, four other children and four other adults with five small shih-tzu dogs.
When the man tried to protect the baby, he suffered bite wounds to his arms and legs.
The dog was eventually detained in its owner's garden before it was "humanely destroyed" several hours later by armed police.
The victim was taken to James Cook University Hospital with serious injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.
A seven-week old white and brown King Charles Cavalier puppy was stolen during a burglary in Newcastle this weekend.
It happened at an address in Strathmore Crescent on Sunday, January 18.
The burglars broke in and also stole a playstation and DVDs.
Newcastle West Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison said:
Clearly the owner is distressed and desperate for the puppy to be returned and I would ask anyone who has any information about this burglary to contact us."
Northumbria Police are asking any one with information to contact 101.
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Police have charged 38-year-old Sarah Jayne Knutson from Romney Avenue in Columbia, Washington with being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.
The charges come after an incident where a jogger was bitten by two Staffordshire Bull Terriers on October 11th.
She will appear at Sunderland Magistrates Court on November 14.
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A North East vet says dog owners feed their pets chocolate - which can be fatal to them - simply because it tastes good to them.
North East vet, Claire Hinchcliff, warns that Easter treats are not for pets, especially dogs.
An animal charity is reminding pet owners not to give their dogs chocolate over Easter, or at any other time, because it can kill them.
The PDSA surveyed thousands of pet owners. In the North East, more than a fifth owned up to feeding their dogs the treat.
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