Officer shoots attacking dog

Published 10:19 pm Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An animal control officer with the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office shot a pit bull when attacked in Carrollton on Friday.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, another officer, responding to a report of two dogs roaming the area, was first attacked by one of two pit bulls encountered in the 23000 block of Pearl Court.

The officer took refuge in a vehicle and called for assistance. When two more animal control officers responded to the scene, one of them was attacked by the second pit bull.

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That officer fired a single shot into the dog’s shoulder while it was attacking, according to the sheriff’s office.

The owner, who lives in Carrollton, arrived and retrieved both dogs, and the injured pit bull was released after being taken to a veterinarian.

Both animal control officers suffered minor injuries, and the incident is under investigation.