Cop shoots pit bull after attack on smaller animals

By: Newscenter 16 Email
By: Newscenter 16 Email

A Buchanan Police officer shot and killed a pit bull believed to have attacked two smaller pets Saturday.

The officer responded to the 300 block of Fulton Street around 7:38 a.m. Saturday after a resident complained of two pit bulls killing her cat. The resident showed the officer the cat’s remains in her backyard. As the officer took a report of the incident, two pit bulls were spotted across the street. The cat’s owner identified the two dogs as the animals she had seen in her yard attacking the cat.

The Buchanan police officer attempted to follow the two pit bulls through yards in the neighborhood. He caught up with the dogs and saw them attacking a smaller dog that appeared to be tied up, according to Buchanan Police Chief Bill Marx. The smaller pet looked dead as the two pit bulls continued to attack.

In a statement, Marx said the larger pit bull ran toward the police officer after the officer yelled at the dogs. The officer believed the dog was getting ready to attack him. Then, the officer fired two shots and killed the pit bull. The dog was within five feet of the officer when the shots were fired, according to Marx.

The second pit bull ran about 30 feet away and was then secured.

The incident is being investigated by the Berrien County Animal Control Unit and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators have been in contact with the dog owners.

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