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Vicious animal attack leads officer to kill dog

One day after an attack left one dog dead and another quarantined, police are still unsure of the owner for the animals.

The incident took place around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Prospect Ridge subdivision when a woman was attacked while walking her family dog.

Lt. Bryan Weed with Troy Police Department said a K-9 officer was on his way into work when he heard a woman screaming as he got to the end of his street. Weed said the officer saw a woman with her dog on a leash and children in a stroller struggling to stop a pit bull from attacking her dog.

“Her dog was being attacked by a pit bull,” Weed said. “The officer immediately went to her aid and attempted to get the dog to release the victim’s canine.”

After attempting to calm the pit bull down, Weed said the officer was forced to use his firearm to put the animal down. Weed said shortly after the officer had discharged his firearm another pit bull came up, but was not aggressive in its approach. Weed said that the officer placed the two animals into his vehicle and then checked on the woman and her children.

“The woman had received some injuries to her arms and hands where she had attempted to get the attacking dog off of her and get herself between the two dogs,” Weed said.

The animals were transported to a local vet, where it was discovered neither of the pit bulls had been vaccinated.

“The one that was put down is going to be sent off, and the other is quarantined just to make sure it doesn’t have any problems,” Weed said.

Weed said the police department was thankful the officer trusted his instincts and stopped to help the woman.

“We’re fortunate the officer was there,” Weed said. “It could have ended a lot worse than what it did. There are no charges at this time pending from this incident.”