Kent

Westerham dog attack man was dog-sitting for friend

Scene of the dog attack in Westerham
Image caption Police temporarily closed the road to protect the public

A man who was bitten on the head, neck and arms by up to five dogs was looking after the animals for a friend, it has been revealed.

The man, who is aged in his 40s, was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the attack at a house in Vicarage Hill, Westerham, on Sunday.

Kent Police said the injuries inflicted by the dogs were not life threatening.

Officers in riot gear contained the animals in one room of the property before they were removed.

'Firearms officers'

The animals were then sedated by specialists, assisted by an RSPCA inspector and an independent vet.

Firearms officers were called to the scene and the road outside the property was closed temporarily to "ensure public safety".

In a statement, Kent Police said the dogs, believed to be bullmastiffs, belonged to the man's friend.

It added: "Five dogs believed to be bullmastiffs have been safely removed from the property and work to ensure their welfare is ongoing by police and partner agencies.

"We are managing the dogs' welfare but it is too soon to say what will happen to them."

Image caption Firearms officers were called to the scene of the dog attack in Westerham

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