A Longmont police officer on Friday pepper-sprayed TWO AGGRESSIVE PIT BULLS that cornered him when he responded to a dog bite call just after 9 p.m., according to Longmont police.
The dogs bit a poodle and a woman near the 400 block of Fox Street, according to the police report. When the officer arrived on scene, the dogs began walking toward him aggressively and wouldn't back off when he yelled at them, according to the report.
The officer wrote that when the dogs approached within 10 feet, he pepper-sprayed them and they were "semiresponsive" and backed away. Another officer arrived, and the dogs were sprayed again when they continued to be aggressive, the report said.
An animal control officer arrived and the dogs were captured with the help of their owner, who arrived on scene from her home on the 600 block of Hubbard Drive.
Police cited the 22-year-old woman for having aggressive dogs, no proof of rabies vaccination and no licenses. The dogs were placed on a 10-day quarantine.
The dogs' owner, who was upset the police had sprayed the dogs, said one of the dogs gets nervous around people but the other one is always friendly.
At Longmont United Hospital, the alleged dog-bite victim told police she had been on her back porch when she heard dogs. When she walked around the home, the two dogs chased and bit her as she ran away. She required stitches.
Police checked on the poodle and learned that a witness saw one of the pit bulls pick up the dog and shake it. The poodle probably suffered rib injuries, police said, but they couldn't take photos of the poodle because it wouldn't sit still. The poodle was expected to survive, but police said it was unknown what injuries it had because it was "uncooperative" with the veterinarian.