A police dog injured four people, including a 13-year-old girl, after escaping from its kennel in England.
The teenager needed hospital treatment after being bitten on her arm and leg by the German Shepherd-type dog in Charlestown Road, Glossop, at around 7.30pm last night.
A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman confirmed the animal belonged to a dog handler with Greater Manchester Police and had escaped from its kennel at the officer’s home address in the town.
The girl required hospital treatment but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, the spokeswoman added.
Two men who tried to fight the dog off the girl were also injured.
An 18-year-old was bitten on his arm, while a 48-year-old suffered scratches and had his shirt ripped during the incident.
It is not known whether they required hospital treatment, the police spokeswoman said.
The attack came half an hour after a man reported a separate attack by the dog in Pennine Road in the town at 7pm.
The dog was finally captured by its handler in King Street at about 9.50pm.
Derbyshire Police have launched an inquiry with Greater Manchester Police to fully investigate the circumstances of the incident.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed the officer had not been suspended following the incident.
A spokesman for GMP said Derbyshire Police would be looking into the circumstances of how the dog got out of its kennel.
In a statement, GMP said: “We are aware that Derbyshire Constabulary are investigating after a number of people suffered dog bites.
“A Greater Manchester Police dog that is believed to be involved is not currently being used in operational policing by the force’s dog unit and is safely housed at one of the force’s kennels.
“As this investigation is ongoing, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”