Yesterday afternoon at about 12:45 p.m., officers with the Abilene Police Department (APD) responded to a call in the 800 block of Mulberry Street regarding a dog attacking people.
A calling party had called and advised APD Dispatch that a pitbull had attacked two people and that one of the persons attacked had their pants torn.
Animal Control was also notified and responded to the call.
While the calling party was on the phone with APD, a second calling party called APD Dispatch to inform them that the same pitbull was trying to attack people and that the dog made it to her porch.
Upon arrival, the initial responding officer quickly assessed the situation and realized that he was confronted with an overly aggressive pitbull. During his assessment of the circumstances, the aggressive pitbull charged him with no provocation.
The officer waited as long as possible before realizing the dog was not stopping and that he would be attacked. For his own protection, the officer used lethal force in order to stop the dog from attacking.
Further investigation at the scene revealed that several witnesses had seen the pitbull charge towards anyone nearby and that it forced several onto their porches or into their homes.
An Animal Control Officer arrived at the scene after police arrival. The dog died enroute to the Abilene Animal Shelter.
The actual custodian of the dog was eventually identified by the Animal Control Officer conducting the follow-up investigation. Based on the latest information, the custodian will be issued citations for failure to restrain and for failure to vaccinate.
Fines could be up to $500.00 per citation.
The custodian of the dog confirmed she had been taking care of the dog for a few months and that the dog was not vaccinated. No member of the community was identified as being bit by the pitbull.
The Abilene Police Department is investigating what led to an officer shooting an aggressive dog.
Officers responded to a north Abilene neighborhood late Tuesday morning after neighbors reported an aggressive dog.
The first time, officers could not find the dog, but when more calls came in later, the pitbull was found in the 800 block of Mulberry.
Witnesses had said the dog was aggressive towards children.
Police say when the dog made aggressive moves toward the policeman, he fired, killing the dog.