One dog was fatally shot by a Richmond police officer and a second dog is uninjured but in quarantine after the pair attacked and injured a man who was walking in a near downtown alley Thursday evening.
Capt. Bobby Lipps said police and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of a man down being attacked by TWO PIT BULL DOGS in the first block alley between South 11th and 12th streets.
The victim, who has not been identified by police, suffered dog bites to the neck, hand and leg, Lipps said. He was taken to Reid Hospital for treatment.
"They just attacked him," Lipps said.
Officer Michael Huth pulled into the alley in response to the call.
"As soon as he Huth got out of his car, the dog was right there and it advanced on him and he shot it," Lipps said.
The second pit bull was corralled into the dogs' residence in the first block of South 12th Street by someone familiar with it.
The owner has turned the second dog over to the Wayne County Sheriff's Department dog warden for quarantine at the Animal Welfare League shelter, Lipps said.
The owner provided proof that both dogs' rabies shots were up-to-date, Lipps said.
Before the incident, the dogs had been put into the fenced backyard of the residence. At some point they escaped, attacking the man walking in the alley, Lipps said.
Alongside the alley, officers also found the remains of a cat that appeared to have been recently killed and they suspect it was killed by the dogs.
The Richmond police are continuing to investigate the incident.