Dog shot dead after elderly pair mauled

Police were called to a Melbourne house over reports of an aggressive dog. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Daniel Pockett

A man has been found dead and an elderly couple injured after police responded to reports of a dog attack in Melbourne’s southeast.

Police said they were called to a home in Hampton Park about 9am on Sunday morning where they were confronted by an “aggressive dog”.

A police spokeswoman said the dog was not subdued by capsicum spray and continued to charge at the officers.

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One officer was forced to shoot the animal, killing it instantly.

She said police found an elderly man and woman in their 80s inside the Lewisham Close house who had suffered serious injuries after being attacked by the dog.

The elderly couple were rushed to hospital for treatment.

Officers ventured further inside the home where they discovered the body of a man – believed to be in his 40s – in another room.

Police said the man’s death was not believed to be linked to the aggressive dog and was not being treated as suspicious.

A fourth man was also present at the home but was not injured. Four other dogs at the property have been removed by the council ranger.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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