ST. LOUIS MO - 3 PIT BULLS ATTACKED A POLICE DOG WHEN HE AND HIS OFFICER WERE CHECKING OUT A REPORT OF A BURGLARY - THE PITS WOULD NOT LET GO SO THE OFFICER HAD TO SHOOT 2 OF THEM
A police dog is expected to be back on the job Friday, two days after being attacked by three dogs while on duty.
The dog was injured Wednesday when he and the officer he is assigned to were sent to the 4500 block of Gibson Avenue for a report of a burglary, police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said. The site is in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood.
The officer and the dog were in an alley when a homeowner left his yard to take out his trash and left his gate open, Jackson said. Three pit bulls came through the open gate and attacked the police dog.
The pit bulls’ owner and the officer tried but couldn’t get the pit bulls off the police dog, Jackson said. The officer then opened fire, striking one pit bull in the shoulder and another in the leg. The third pit bull was not shot.
The officer’s canine was bitten in the forehead, neck and ears, and the officer suffered an injury to his elbow. The police dog was treated by a veterinarian, Jackson said.
The homeowner was cited for not having the pit bulls on leashes.