A dog has been fatally shot after it attacked a police dog and handler who were assisting officers with a domestic violence arrest in Rutherford, according to police.
Port Stephens-Hunter police and the police dog attended the Rutherford residence at 11.20am on Tuesday to make the outstanding arrest.
As they approached, police said a dog at the residence attacked the police canine and its handler prompting police to shoot the occupant's dog.
Police were preparing to take the dog to the vet for treatment, but it died from its injuries.
The police dog's handler was taken to hospital after suffering a bit to the leg, but was released later that day. The police dog was not seriously harmed in the incident.