Police officer shoots dog after it attacks him
Police have shot and killed a dog after an incident near Murupara in the Bay of Plenty on Monday night.
An officer attempted to arrest a man in the Kaingaroa Forest township about 7.56pm after a short car chase.
The man released three dogs in the direction of the officer, while two more dogs stayed in the man's car.
"When the man failed to comply with the constable, the dogs were set on the officer from the man's vehicle. He was placed in a dangerous situation when threatened with the animals," Senior Sergeant Mal Collins said.
The officer was bitten several times by one dog.
Police said the officer shot the dog for his safety, and it died at the scene.
"The officer used his training and tactical options to ensure his own safety and that of the community was preserved," Collins said.
Two of the three dogs which had been released at the officer then followed the man, who left the scene on foot.
The officer was treated at the scene by St John Ambulance.
Police said the man who fled on foot was known to them, and a search for him was under way.
He had originally been stopped by police following up on reports of a suspicious car activity in the vicinity.