By Zoah Hedges-Stocks
A dog has been stabbed to death by police officers during an unsuccessful drugs raid in Lewisham.
Police were conducting a dawn raid at an address in Lonsdale Close on Friday November 28 when the dog attacked a trainee detective constable, clamping its jaws onto his leg.
His colleagues tried to remove the animal with CS gas but couldn’t get it off.
Despite calling in armed officers and the dog unit, they couldn’t control the it, and decided they would have to use force.
An officer stabbed the dog with a knife and it died from its injuries.
A complaint has been made and the incident is being investigated by Lewisham’s Professional Standards Unit.
The injured officer, a 39-year-old man who is based in Lewisham, will need surgery to recover from his injuries. He is in a south London hospital in a stable condition.
The dog is not thought to be a banned or a dangerous breed. No drugs were found during the raid and no arrests were made.