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Police dog kills elderly woman while chasing after a drug dealer

By Mason White 9:20 AM July 22, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
An elderly woman is dead after a police dog attacked her while chasing after a drug dealer, police in the United Kingdom said.

Middlesbrough Police said that 73-year-old Irene Collins, was attacked as she let officers into the backyard of her home during an operation to find the fleeing suspect.

Collins, who suffered from terminal lung cancer, received face arm and leg injuries and was rushed to a hospital where she later died.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and Assistant Chief of Cleveland Police, have expressed their condolences to the family and friends of Collins.

The German shepherd behind the attack was removed from service. Friends and family members came to the home of Collins located on Penrith Road, to leave flowers.