A pit bull-type dog that mauled a horse in Kent last month has been destroyed, police have said. But the owner was not charged.

Kent police seized the dog after the attack in Gravesend on 29 September and subsequently found it was a type of dog made illegal under the Dangerous Dog Act 1991.

The owner of the dog told police he had thought it was a Staffordshire bull terrier.

The dog had caused puncture wounds to a horse’s legs, face and stomach.

The owner was arrested for having a dangerous and out of control dog, but was later released without charge.

And in Aberdeen a horse has been attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier.

Twenty-seven-year-old Arab mare Justina suffered facial injuries after the dog “locked on” to her nose while she was in her field in Dyce.

Her owner Jackie Holman fought to save her horse.

A 41-year-old man has been charged in connection with the attack.