Police shoot dog dead after bow and arrow threat

 POLICE say they had to shoot a dog that attacked NSW police dog Marco and his handler after a man was allegedly threatening people with a compound bow and arrow at Marks Point on Saturday.

 Daniel Still, 23, did not come out of the cells or make an application for bail in Newcastle Bail Court on Sunday. 

He is alleged to have threatened a number of people with a compound bow at a unit complex in Emily Street about 7.45am. When police arrived they allegedly saw a man run into a house.

 A short time later, a dog ran from the house and attacked Marco and his handler. The police officer fired his gun and the dog died at the scene.

 The police officer was assessed by paramedics for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

 Marco did not require medical attention. 

Mr Still was arrested nearby after a short foot pursuit. 

He was taken to Charlestown police station and charged with intimidate to cause fear of physical harm, destroy or damage property,  being in charge of a dog which attacks a person, intimidate police  and other offences. The case against Mr Still was adjourned until Monday. 

Marco came to prominence in March this year when his keen sense of smell led to the rescue of a 65-year-old man on the banks of the Wyong River.

He and his handler found the man, who had wandered from an aged care facility, clinging to a tree branch above water.