A man was tasered by a Kingston police officer at a kennels in Chessington this afternoon after what a witness said was an argument over a dog.

He was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer.

The man, reported to be in his 40s and on crutches, was arrested at Green Lane Farm Kennels after trying to take the family dog Bella away, the man’s son said.

He was bailed by police to allow treatment by paramedics.

A woman was pepper sprayed and also arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. She was taken into custody.

Police were called at 12.30pm to reports of a dispute between two parties.

The man’s son, 19, said his father had been tasered.

He said: "It kicked off. We have been tasered, pepper sprayed, everything.

"He has got all cuts along his arms.

"The police tried to take the dog and we was in the car and we was obviously not happy to let the dog go.

"That is when the woman tasered my dad, who is on crutches.

"They can see he is an old man, he is on crutches.

"Basically we are trying to take the dog out of the kennels. We are wanting to take her home.

"We have got all the papers. The dog should be with us."

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said it was called at 2pm and arrived within 13 minutes.

Green Lane Farm Kennels declined to comment.

The number of Tasers issued to Metropolitan Police officers is due to increase by more than 50 per cent, up from 800 to almost 1,300, the London Assembly found earlier this year.

Their use has been criticised and the Metropolitan Police Authority, which used to oversee London’s policing, restricted their roll-out to specialist firearms officers and territorial support groups.

But the Metropolitan Police Federation, representing rank and file officers, said they decreased casualties and protected serving officers from violence.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has also allowed an increase in numbers using them.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said he will deploy Tasers to more officers including two police vehicles in each London borough.