North Wales traffic police officers who deliberately ran down and killed a dog found running loose on the busy A55 in Conwy have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Police claim running the dog over was “the only safe option” to avoid a potentially serious collision. Image: Paul Hill / Fotolia.

After several attempts to catch the dog, which saw one officer bitten, police took the decision to run over the foxhound at speed, to avoid a potentially serious collision being caused by the animal running in front of traffic.

Minimising risk

The killing had been condemned by Britain’s biggest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust. A spokesman said it was “horrified” at the action.

The Welsh RSPCA was also investigating the incident.

A police spokesman said there was no alternative method of containing the animal and minimise risks to other motorists. He added “the only safe option” was to run the dog over at sufficient speed to ensure it was killed instantly and wouldn’t suffer.

Both police officers involved in the incident are said to be dog owners themselves, and didn’t take the matter lightly.

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