Officer shoots, injures pit bull that charges at him and letter carrier in Dayton

Published: Saturday, April 08, 2017 @ 7:33 PM

Dayton Police Officer shoots and injures pit bull

A Dayton police officer shot and injured a pit bull that charged at him Friday after also charging at a letter carrier.

Police were called around 12:40 p.m. to an animal complaint in the 1000 block of Dennison Avenue in Dayton.

A U.S. Post Office employee said she was charged by the gray and white pit bull, and that it was not the first time it happened, according to a Dayton police report.

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The dog had a metal chain attached to an anchor, but it was not in the ground and the dog was not restrained. The dog was behind the home when officers arrived and began to bark at them. Police contacted the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, but no animal control officers were immediately available, the report stated.

The two Dayton police officers used a loudspeaker to try to contact the dog’s owner in the house. Then, one kept an eye on the dog while the other attempted to knock on the door. While the officer approached the door, the dog trotted from behind the house, and then began to growl and started running at the officer, according to the report.

“I fired three shots at the dog as I was back peddling away from the pit bull. The pit bull was still charging towards me. I fired one more shot at the pit bull. The pit bull turned around and ran to the rear of the house,” the officer stated.

The dog’s owner, identified as Frances Daniel, had been away from home and returned shortly after the shooting. She and her two sons took the dog to get veterinary care for a gunshot on its back, according to the report.

An ARC van also responded, and the officer said there were several complaints against the owner and that the gray and white pit bull was deemed a nuisance, the report stated.

Daniel was cited for failure to control dogs, according to the police report.

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