Police: Officer shoots dog after it attacks

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PITTSBURGH —

Authorities are investigating after a police officer shot and killed a dog on a busy downtown street Friday night.

Emergency dispatchers said the incident was reported around 7 p.m. at the intersection of Seventh Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard, just blocks from the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Investigators told Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan that the dog attacked the officer and bit him in the arm before the officer fired shots.

The officer, whose name hasn’t been released, was not injured, officials said.

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Witnesses at the scene said they heard the officer’s shots.

“I was listening to music and all of a sudden I looked and saw this cop with his pistol out shooting like crazy,” witness Jose Rodriguez said.

Animal Control officers took the dog away, and police took the dog’s owner in for questioning, Brennan reported.

Police said the dog’s owner, a homeless man, was taken to jail and charged with public drunkenness.