A police officer shot a pit bull after receiving a report of the dog getting loose and acting aggressively in a Gresham neighborhood.
At around 11 a.m. Monday, a man called police to report a large, tan pit bull had charged at him and bared his teeth on the 1600 block of Southwest Lillyben Avenue.
The man said he yelled and tried to stand still, according to police, believing the dog was going to attack him. He told investigators that the dog stopped and ultimately retreated back to its yard.
The man reported the situation to police, saying he feared the dog might attack someone else if given the chance.
An officer responded to the scene and said when he got out of his car, the dog rapidly charged at him in an aggressive manner on the sidewalk.
The officer shot the dog, hitting it in the right hind leg. The dog then turned and ran back into its owner’s house, according to police.
The owner told police the dog must have gotten loose from the back yard. Multnomah County Animal Control responded to the scene and cited the owner on charges of having an off-leash aggressive dog and an expired dog license.
The dog was not removed from the home, Gresham police reported.