Police are on the hunt for a dangerous XL Bully dog currently on the loose after it savaged a young girl.
An image of the brutal beast has since been released, with a warning for members of the public to stay well away from the grizzly mutt.
The violent dog attacked a 15-year-old who has since been rushed to hospital with serious injuries as officers begin hunting down the vicious animal behind the attack.
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Releasing a photo of the dog and urging people to stay away from the XL Bully beast, a police statement confirmed a young girl had been attacked in Port Clarence, County Durham.
A statement from Cleveland Police read: "Police are warning members of the public not to approach a dog after an incident where a teenager suffered injuries in Port Clarence.
"A 15-year-old girl suffered serious injuries and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees following an incident in the Port Clarence area this evening, Monday 29 May.
"Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening at this time."
Information on the dog was requested by police, with anyone in the know on its whereabouts asked to immediately call 999 or contact Cleveland Police with incident 103512.
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Cleveland Police continued: "Officers are in the area currently searching for the male dog (pictured) which is described as an ‘XL Bully’ type dog and aged 4-5 years.
"We would urge people not to approach it, should they come across it."
The grim attack is not the first in the UK to feature an XL Bully dog, with The Daily Star previously reporting a horrific slate of fatal and near-fatal attacks carried out by the breed.
Previously described as a "devil dog", the XL Bully breed has been responsible for six out of 10 fatal dog attacks in the UK over the last year alone.
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