A police officer was attacked by a huge dog, believed to be the now banned XL Bully, and has been left with serious injuries.
Officers entered an address in Lewis Close in Ibstock, Leicestershire, on Thursday afternoon, when they were attacked by a large dog kept in the kitchen.
The officers were carrying out a search for a man wanted by police when the dog, believed to be an XL bully, struck.
One of the officers received a bite to the upper leg, leading to overnight hospitalisation with serious injuries.
The second officer suffered a small cut to his hand.
It is believed the enormous dog was an XL Bully which has since been banned in the UK following a spate of attacks (Stock Image)
Following the incident, eyewitnesses reported ambulance services and additional police vans appearing at the scene.
A spokesperson from Leicestershire Police said: ‘Officers attended an address in Lewis Close, Ibstock, at around 4:40pm on 26 October with regards to a man wanted by police.
‘On entering the address, two officers were attacked by a dog which was being kept in the kitchen.
Officers entered an address in Lewis Close in Ibstock, Leicestershire, on Thursday (stock image)
‘One officer sustained serious bite injuries to his upper leg and remains in hospital.
The second officer sustained a small laceration to his finger.
‘Although the dog has not been further examined, it is believed to be a XL Bully breed.
‘This dog and a second dog, a pit bull type breed, were seized from the address and remain in secure kennels.
‘Enquiries are ongoing into the incident. There have been no arrests.’