Roanoke, VA – May 22 – Roanoke police officers killed a pit bull that was on the loose Tuesday morning after it attacked them multiple times.
Animal Control Officer D.R. Gibson responded to a report concerning an aggressive pit bull in the 2400 block of Shenandoah Avenue around 11:35 a.m., reports WSLS.com.
Upon arrival, Officer Gibson exited his vehicle and was immediately attacked by the dog, which bit him on the foot.
After the pit bull fled into the neighborhood, Gibson called for assistance.
He and three patrol officers pursued the dog again and trapped it in a storage lot in the 2400 block of Johnson Avenue.
It was there that the pit bull then attacked Officer D.L. Spradling, who shot the dog as it charged towards him.
The dog continued to pursue Spradling after the first gunshot. Officer C.T. Fike shot again and killed the dog.
Officials transported the animal to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services so that it may be tested for rabies. The dog was under a quarantine notice at the time of this incident due to a previous dog bite claim.
Investigations are continuing at this time. The dog’s owner has not yet been charged.
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