Officers responded to a report of gunshots in the area of Regent and Brook streets at about 8 a.m. Sunday, police said in a news release.
A woman told police that as she and her boyfriend walked their dog, it was attacked by a pit bull that broke free of its owner. After unsuccessful attempts to stop the attack, the woman fired two shots from her firearm, striking the pit bull, police said.
The woman legally possessed the firearm, according to police. The injured pit bull was taken for treatment, police said.
Alejandro Loria, 27, the owner of the pit bull, was cited by an animal enforcement officer, police said.