A DOG which attacked two Labradors, leaving them with serious injuries, has been seized because the owner could not control it.
The Rottweiler attacked the two dogs on a canal path in Quedgeley on two separate occasions. It caused one serious puncture wounds to the shoulder, hip and hind.
The other had grave back injuries.
The owner of one of the injured animals said he was "on the mend" but "timid" after the Rottweiler, and another owned by the same man, set upon him. "They were on top of him – my dog was yelping and they were ripping fur out – I had to step in and tear them apart.
"The officers have done their best. In my opinion he should have been destroyed because he's a menace."
After the attacks on Sunday and the previous Monday, police officers visited the owner and took the dog away for assessment at a specialist centre.
Experts said the dog was not dangerous but could not be controlled by his owner, who is in his 70s. Officers are now returning the animal to the breeder to find an appropriate owner.
PC Lucy Winterburn said: "We tried pursuing criminal charges and applying for a warrant but we were given legal advice that because no person was injured we couldn't. However, we recognised the potential harm to the community and threat this dog posed in the current situation and took this swift action."
However, police have taken civil action, reporting the owner for summons to court for not controlling his other Rottweiler, which also took part in the attacks.
It is believed that she is not dangerous and did not instigate the attacks.
However, police will be applying to the courts for a dog control order, ensuring a number of measures are taken including muzzling.
Janet Butler, trains dogs at Brockworth Scout Hall on Friday nights, and said: "Rottweillers are wonderful dogs but they can be difficult to handle. You do get some rogue animals, but like any dog - the owner has to be responsible.
"It is important the dog knows who is the boss, as it will develop a pack mentality and try to take over and become dominant. You do get the odd one or two in for training, but not very often."