Several police officers were hospitalized after they were attacked by a pack of dogs in Dalkeith, Scotland, on Thursday morning.

The officers responded to the scene after receiving reports of a domestic fight between a man and a woman. The man was taken into custody after he attacked and punched one of the officers. The woman, who had suffered multiple dog bites, was taken to the ambulance. However, she escaped, return to the apartment and unleash the three dogs. She was later caught and taken to a hospital. It was not clear why she tried to escape.

The canines then attacked and bit four officers.  While three of them suffered bites to the arms and legs, the fourth officer was scratched in the stomach. Meanwhile, one of the dogs was subdued and put in the van while the other two were locked in the apartment. The animals were eventually removed from the apartment and taken away by the animal control.

“Upon arrival at the property one woman was found with injuries caused by multiple dog bites and has been taken to hospital for treatment. Four police officers sustained injuries from dogs whilst within, and in the vicinity, of the property. A fifth officer was assaulted, sustaining a facial injury,” Chief Inspector Arron Clinkscales said.

“The injured officers, along with the man and woman, have been taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment. A man and woman have been arrested in connection with the incident which will be investigated with the utmost seriousness. I wish all injured parties a full and quick recovery,” he added.

Calling the incident “disturbing,” Andrea MacDonald, the chair of the Scottish Police Federation, said, “This type of incident highlights the challenging and unpredictable situations that police officers can find themselves in on a daily, if not hourly basis. Our thoughts are with those involved and we wish them a speedy recovery.”