An Allen police officer shot a dog, authorities said acted aggressively in charging it on Monday evening, a press release from the Allen Police Department confirmed on Tuesday.
Officers were reportedly dispatched to Block 700 of Leading Lane Drive around 8:30 p.m. after two people, an adult and a child, were bitten by two pit bulls. Police said responding officers attempted to keep dogs away from passers-by until animal control officers arrived. According to the press release, one of the officers was forced to use lethal force against one of the dogs when he charged after him.
The dog was reportedly rushed to an animal hospital, where his condition has not yet been disclosed by authorities.
“The other was found dead for reasons unrelated to the shooting,” the statement said. “The Allen Police Department is enlisting the help of the community to prevent unfortunate incidents like these. We ask residents who own animals and / or pets to check their fences or enclosures to ensure there is no damage that would allow them to exit. We would also like to remind residents to use a leash, as required by bylaw, when walking or exercising their pets in public. “
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, “Some pit bulls have been selected and bred for their fighting ability. This means that they are more likely than other breeds to fight with dogs. does not mean that they may not be with other dogs or that they are unpredictably aggressive. Other pit bulls have been specially bred for work and companionship. These dogs have long been animals of popular company, renowned for their gentleness, affection and loyalty. And even those pit bulls raised to fight other animals were not prone to aggression towards people. “