A "dangerously out of control" dog in Stevenage yesterday (Saturday) was tasered by police before being seized and taken to secure kennels.

The terrifying incident unfolded in Tates Way at about 7.30pm, when the dog came loose from its lead and bit its owner.

"Police were called to reports of a dog dangerously out of control," a spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary confirmed.

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit attended, along with local and firearms officers as a contingency.

"Due to the situation that was unfolding to the initial attending officers, a taser was used on the dog, however the dog subsequently made off from the scene," the police spokesperson explained.

"Officers traced the dog and successfully seized it, without any further injury to members of the public or officers.

"The owner was taken to hospital for treatment, and the dog taken to secure kennels."