At approximately 3:40 am this morning (Wednesday 25 October) police were called to a residence in Molesworth Street in Watson where a man and woman were being attacked by a dog.
Police attempted to provide first aid to the female victim when the dog then attacked them. Attending officers then drew their weapons and were forced to euthanise the animal.
No police officers were injured during the incident.
ACT Ambulance Service attended the scene and the male victim was conveyed to hospital. He had sustained bite marks on the inside of his leg but is said to be in a stable condition.
The female victim died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained during the attack.
ACT Policing said that the female was believed to be in her late forties. Neighbours called the police when they heard cries for help.
They further stated that the woman was known to the man. However, the ownership of the dog is yet to be confirmed.
AFP Forensic Services and ACT Policing Criminal Investigations are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
A report will be prepared for the ACT Coroner.
ACT Policing encouraged the public to call 000 immediately if they see a dog attack. They further recommend calling Domestic Animal Services on 13 22 81 to report a dangerous dog.
ACT opposition leader Alistair Coe has declared his deepest sympathies to the family of the female victim and has requested an urgent briefing from responsible ministers.
The incident follows a number of previous attacks by dangerous dogs in the ACT, with calls for the Government to strengthen laws surrounding the issue.