Cumberland Times-News

December 3, 2012

Officer shoots pit bulls after three bitten in Hagerstown

Associated Press

— HAGERSTOWN (AP) — Hagerstown police said an officer shot two pit bulls that bit three people after one tried to bite him.

Police Sgt. Mark Renner said the officer was not injured. Renner told The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown that the officer’s “hand was forced” and he shot the dogs to protect himself and others.

Police said they got a call Sunday afternoon about two pit bulls running loose and attacking people. Police said a man, a woman and a girl were hospitalized with dog bites.

Police said the officer opened fire after one dog lunged at him and tried to bite him. Police said the bullet struck the animal in the back and the second dog in the mouth. The Washington County Humane Society said one of the dogs was euthanized.