A harrowing video has captured the moment a police officer killed two dogs following an attack on a woman.
Metropolitan Police officers were called to the Limehouse area of east London on Sunday evening following.
The owner of the dogs was tasered and arrested at the scene.
A distressing video of the incident was shared online and showed residents of surrounding flats standing on their balconies and shouting for officers to stop.
The two dogs were surrounded by police officers and onlookers screamed as the first was shot after it lunged at officers.
The man holding the dogs tried to then limp away after being tasered.
The second, still tied to the other, then tried to run away while dragging the dead dog along before it too was shot.
The person who recorded the video could be heard shouting: ‘Oh my God! Are you okay? Don’t shoot! I’m recording you.’
The video has drawn criticism, with some calling the situation ‘inhumane’, but the Met has defended its officers’ actions, saying the decision to kill an animal is ‘never easy for any officer to take’.
A spokesman for the force said: ‘Police were called just after 5pm on Sunday, May 7, to a woman being attacked by a dog in Commercial Road, E14.
‘Officers attended the location where the aggressive behaviour of two dogs was of considerable concern and posed a significant threat to them.
‘A man was arrested in connection with the incident for having a dog dangerously out of control and assault offences. He has been taken into police custody. A taser was discharged by police.
‘No person was taken to hospital. Both dogs were destroyed by police at the scene.
‘This is never an easy decision for any officer to take, but police have a duty to act where necessary before any further injury is caused.
‘The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards will review the circumstances of the incident.’
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