The dogs bit several people in the district of Wedemark, north of Hannover, late on Thursday. A 44-year-old woman had to be taken to hospital by helicopter and a 68-year man also suffered serious injuries. However, neither has life-threatening injuries, the police said.
The two animals first attacked a 33-year-old pedestrian on Thursday evening, biting him on the hand. A 38-year-old passer-by tried to help the man and was also attacked.
Shortly afterwards the 44-year-old woman was driving down the street when she saw them and decided to stop and try to help the seemingly stray dogs. When she got out of the car they jumped on her inflicting serious injuries to her and the 68-year-old man who had seen what was happening and tried to help her.
When the police arrived on the scene a 53-year-old police officer also fell victim to the canine rampage. He and his colleague then shot the two dogs.
The police on Thursday evening said the measure was necessary to prevent the “completely unpredictable” animals from posing a danger to the public.
On Friday it was still unclear who owned the dogs or why they were out loose and had become so dangerous. According to the police, the dogs had microchips inserted but the number was not registered with the local police.