ACQUEVILLE NORMANDY FRANCE - A MAN FELL OFF A LADDER AT HIS HOME AS STORM CIARA WAS HITTING THE COUNTRY AND HIS 'UP TO 5 ROTTWEILERS' INFLICTED GRUESOME NJURIES TO HIS FACE ...3 OF THE LANDSHARKS HAD TO BE SHOT SO FIRST RESPONDERS COULD GET TO THE MAN
The incident took place in the town of Acqueville in the Calvados department of the north-western French region of Normandy.
The unnamed man fell off his ladder at around 6pm on Sunday, February, at 7 Avenue du Chateau in when the man as storm Ciara was hitting the country.
Firefighters were called to the scene by the victim's wife.
But when they arrived at 8:45pm, they came face to face with five "very menacing" rottweilers that stopped them from approaching the victim, according to a police source quoted in local media.
The same police spokesperson also stated that the dog's had "inflicted injuries on their master's face."
These injuries are said to have occurred a few seconds after he had fallen.
A specialist police unit was called out but they also failed to control the rottweilers, so the order was given for three of the most aggressive dogs to be shot so he could be rescued.
The two other dogs were reportedly taken inside the house by the victim's wife.
She was taken to hospital in "a state of shock" according to a neighbour quoted in local media but is otherwise unharmed.
The man was also taken to hospital but died and an autopsy is reportedly underway in order to determine the exact cause of death.