Hundreds of people have protested after two dogs were shot dead in Tower Hamlets by police.

They were protesting the response to an incident on Sunday, May 7 when police were called to reports of a woman being attacked by a dog in Commercial Road.

Officers found a woman who reported that two dogs had attacked her dog.

She had also suffered an injury to her leg but did not require hospital treatment.

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Both dogs were shot at the scene.

Louie Turnbull, 46, of no fixed address was charged on Tuesday, May 9 with being the person/ owner of a dog that was dangerously out of control and being in possession/ custody of a dog whilst disqualified from owning or keeping a dog.

In response, around 200 people gathered outside New Scotland Yard on Westminster Embankment yesterday evening (May 11, 2023) from 8pm.

The group heard speeches and lit vegan candles and placed them in front of the building.

The vigil was organised by Animal Rising, the group that disrupted the Grand National on April 15.

Dan Kidby, co-founder of Animal Rising, who was at the vigil, said: "The Casey Report seems to have changed absolutely nothing.

"The police have continued to act out of line with their job to serve and protect us all - now resulting in the shooting of two beautiful dogs, who hours before were happy and full of life.

"We’re here to show that, as a community, we will stand together, and be peaceful and defiant in the face of injustice.

"We stand with everyone saddened and outraged by the murder of two dogs in Poplar on Sunday. We believe a kinder and better world is possible."

A petition on, calling for the Met to be held "criminally accountable" for the deaths of the dogs, has been signed more than 200,000 times.

Another protest also took place outside Limehouse Police Station.

East London Advertiser: People held signs outside Limehouse Police StationPeople held signs outside Limehouse Police Station (Image: @CrimeLdn)

Video footage of those protesting was viewed more than 52,000 times on Twitter.

Protesters can be seen holding placards, including ones that read: “Dogs are people and deserve a trial” and “Man’s best friend shot dead on the street, there will be no effing peace”.

The Met did not wish to comment on either protest.