Thursday, October 17, 2013

RPD Statement on Dog Attack

At approximately 7:45 a.m. today, officers were called to Midlothian Turnpike and Erich Road for a report of a dog bite with injury. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and found an individual who had been bitten by one of the dogs and was pinned against a building by two large dogs.  

The man was then taken to the hospital for treatment.

Several officers then rounded up children in the area waiting at bus stops and safely got them on other buses or back home to their parents.

While waiting for Animal Care and Control to respond, the dogs continued to run in the area where children were gathering at school bus stops. At that point, the two dogs were running toward an area where children would soon be waiting for the school bus.

An officer then distracted the dogs, and at that point the dogs charged the officer. The officer then determined he could safely stop the threat and took action. He fired twice and struck both dogs, killing one of them.

The incident is being investigated by the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit and the dogs have been turned over to Animal Care and Control.