A 52-year-old man has died in Huddersfield after being attacked by a dog which had been returned to its owner despite concerns it was dangerous, West Yorkshire Police said.He was bitten in Riddings Road, Sheepridge, yesterday morning but later pronounced dead. The dog was seized by police in June because it was thought to be a banned pit bull breed but then returned to the owner – a 29-year-old man who was arrested and bailed.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Swift said: ‘We believe that the victim was out with his own dog at the time of the attack near to his home address. His dog, a Yorkshire Terrier, was also injured during the incident and received emergency veterinary care.’
A spokesman said that in June this year a dog warden visited the address where the suspect animal was being kept following concerns from members of the public. A referral was then made to police amid fears the dog may be a dangerous breed, he said.
The spokesman said: ‘As a result, the same dog was seized by police and, following a screening, it was determined the animal was not a banned breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act. The dog was returned to its owner on August 8.’