Man attacked by pack of five dogs at Kent property

The five bullmastiff dogs have since been sedated

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A man has been left in a serious condition in hospital after being attacked by a pack of dogs at his home.

Firearms officers were called to a property in Vicarage Hill, Westerham, Kent, after reports a man had been bitten by several Bullmastiff dogs.

A Kent Police spokesman said the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries and a total of five dogs were removed from the address.

The dogs were taken one-by-one to individual kennels and have since been sedated.

The police spokesman said: "Officers including firearms officers attended to assist and, to ensure public safety, the road was closed for a short while.

"A man was taken to a London hospital with serious injuries.

"Five dogs believed to be Bullmastiffs have been safely removed from the property and work to ensure their welfare is on-going by police and partner agencies.

"Enquiries into the incident are on-going."

 An RSPCA spokeswoman said: "The RSPCA can confirm that we were called to an incident in Westerham, Kent, this morning by Kent Police following reports a man had been attacked by dogs.

"An RSPCA inspector and an independent vet attended the incident to assist officers in sedating and handling the five dogs at the scene."

Additional reporting by Press Association