MASON Greenwood is protecting his £2million home with a £25,000 attack dog after beefing up security with new cameras.
The Manchester United star has been the target of backlash on social media over allegations he harmed a woman known to him.
He lives in a six-bed £14,000-a-month rented home in an upmarket area of Cheshire and as well as a state-of-the-art security system, he’s got a huge German Shepherd-type dog at the premises.
The mutt rooms free in the grounds of the gated house during the day and has a kennel at the side of the red-brick home.
This week a security firm that has the contract to guard the home fitted a range of new cameras at the property following the 20-year-old’s arrest.
The Hikvision system can connect to eight different cameras using 4K resolution.
And Greenwood – who is now on bail as cops probe allegations of violence, threats to kill and rape, has also got a dog as an extra line of defence.
They cost between £10,000 and £25,000 depending on training and are often Belgian or German shepherds, Dobermans or giant Cane Corsos.
Two UK firms – K9 Chaperone and Elite Protection Dogs – use pups from military or police backgrounds to supply stars.
They are trained to change from docile family pet to vicious attack dog if an intruder is detected.
London-based Elite Protection Dogs reveals: “All of our puppies come from military and police backgrounds with generations of experience in protecting borders, searching for missing persons and drugs, and sniffing for bombs in warzones.
“With all respect to other breeds, we intend to use two breeds of canine only as our cadets. These are the Belgian Shepherds (Malinois) and the German Shepherds.
“The military and police all around the world tend to choose these breeds as their first choice, as do we. These dogs have the highest IQ in the protection dog category.”
The firm added: “We produce two types of trained dogs- a guard dog and a personal protection dog.
“Guard dogs are typically very independent and don’t need companionship as they are trained to guard a territory.
“They are taught to refuse food from strangers and react to intruders. Guard dogs are mainly suited for farms and gated areas. Prices start from £10,000.
“A personal protection dog is not only a family friendly pet but also a form of protection. They crave a family bond, affection and love and are very child friendly.
“They are dedicated to shield you, by demand, from any possible danger or threat as taught through intense training, mental stability and obedience. Prices start from £15,000.”
Premier League stars Hugo Lloris, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Andy Carroll and Jamie Vardy all now have guard dogs, as does singer Stormzy.
Greenwood was initially held on suspicion of rape and GBH but police confirmed on Tuesday he was also being quizzed for sexual assault and threats to kill.
The £75,000-a-week footballer was taken into custody on Sunday after police swooped on his home.
Security staff, thought to have been provided by Utd, were present at a second home he owns nearby and they confirmed that his parents were inside.
In a statement, Man Utd said: “Manchester United reiterates its strong condemnation of violence of any kind.
“As previously communicated, Mason Greenwood will not train with, or play for, the club until further notice.”
A source confirmed Greenwood will still receive his wages while on suspension.
But his sponsor Nike said they were “deeply concerned” and have suspended his deal.
All merchandise bearing the No11’s name has also been dropped from the official Utd site in the wake of the allegations and teammates have unfollowed him on Instagram.
Fans wanting to exchange shirts bearing his name can now do so for free.
Greenwood’s promising domestic and international career is now in jeopardy after his arrest.
The rising star had impressed on the pitch this season – scoring five goals in the Premier League and one in the Champions League so far.
He joined the team aged just six and rose through the ranks to land himself a regular spot on the first team.