A man has died after being attacked by a dog police had returned to its owner days earlier after deciding it was not a banned breed.

The victim was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, but pronounced dead at 9pm. Photo by Ian M (CC BY-SA 2.0).

The 52-year-old victim is said to have been walking his Yorkshire terrier in Huddersfield when the attack took place.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police were called at 9:48am on Monday and found the victim with serious injuries. He was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, but pronounced dead at 9pm.

The terrier required emergency veterinary treatment, but survived.

Not banned breed

The suspect dog was captured and taken to kennels. The owner of the dog, a 29-year-old man, was arrested in connection with the incident and later released on police bail.

A force spokesman said a dog warden visited the address in June where the suspect animal was being kept following concerns from members of the public. A referral was 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.”

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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