This is the out-of-control dog which savaged a 38-year-old babysitter and was later shot dead by armed police following the attack.
The husky, known as Storm, was shot by police officers after they discovered the seriously injured woman and felt they had ‘no other choice’.
Emergency services were called at around 1.30am today after the victim was viciously mauled at a house in Rednal, Birmingham.
The woman suffered multiple injuries and was rushed to hospital, where she is described as being in a serious but stable condition.
The Husky, named Storm – pictured with one of his owners – was shot by police officers after they discovered the seriously injured woman and felt they had ‘no other choice’
West Midlands Police said armed officers arrived at the property on the residential cul-de-sac but were forced to shoot the dog dead.
The dog owner’s father told BirminghamLive she had come to watch the children as a babysitter while his daughter had a rare night out.
He said the eight-year-old Husky, who the family had owned since he was a puppy, was locked away in the kitchen when the woman arrived to babysit.
The grandfather said: ‘She had locked him away behind double doors – which close themselves – in the kitchen.
Emergency services went to the scene in Rednal, Birmingham (pictured) at around 1.30am, after a victim was mauled by a dog
‘But somehow he got out, even though it was only three of them in the house and the kids were upstairs asleep.
‘He jumped straight for her face and she fell to the floor, he got hold of her arm and there was a struggle.
‘The kids were in bed and heard her screaming so rushed down to help her. They managed to get him off her and put him away in the kitchen.
‘I used to walk the dog every two days, three-and-a-half miles as I know young families are busy. We are all upset.’
The dog had only ever once shown aggression towards people, he added. He said the family was ‘always cautious’ and never introduced the dog to anyone new.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at 1.34am this morning to Rise Avenue (pictured)
‘We’ve always been very cautious and never introduced any strangers to the dog,’ he said.
‘They’re pack animals, they will protect the family furiously.’
A nearby resident said the incident was the ‘most horrific’ thing she had ever heard.
She wrote on a community group: ‘Can someone please confirm the early hours of this morning wasn’t a dream? Gunshots, police in a house..?
‘This morning there’s nothing, like it never happened. Was the most horrific thing I have ever heard in my life.’
Another added: ‘Was few doors down from me, someone taken off in an ambulance, loads of police. A third resident told how she saw at least five officers armed with guns.
She said: ‘A lot of police presence for that surely? I counted at least five armed police.’
A neighbour said that the dog was ‘brilliant’ and doesn’t think that the police needed to shoot it and could have taken it to the vets instead, reports the Sun.
They said: ‘They shot it once and obviously it started howling. It was disgusting. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the sound.
‘It made me sick to my stomach, I nearly cried my eyes out. ‘
‘We don’t know about the woman’s injuries we didn’t really see much.’
A force spokeswoman said: ‘Police received a call at around 1.45am this morning from ambulance colleagues following reports that a dog had attacked a woman.
‘A 38-year-old woman was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
‘Officers attended the address and due to the circumstances they were faced with had no choice but to put the dog down.
‘The owner of the dog is assisting police with their enquiries.’
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at 1.34am this morning to Rise Avenue.
‘We sent two ambulances and treated a woman for multiple injuries, not believed to be life-threatening.
‘She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.’