The incident happened just before 2 p.m. Friday on Tipton Street in Hazelwood. Police conducting a drug investigation were approaching a suspect at a home when they said the dog became aggressive.
"One of detectives was attacked by a dog,” said Lt. Joseph Victor of the Pittsburgh Police Department. “His partner came to his aid and fired his weapon at the dog, striking the dog."
Police said the detective who was being attacked by the dog was also shot in the foot when his partner fired. The detective was treated and released from UPMC Presbyterian. Victor said the officer is expected to fully recover.
The dog, a 4-year-old named King, initially ran from the area but was later found and taken to a veterinarian in Monroeville to undergo surgery.
The dog's owner, Sandra Cole McKamey, said she believes what police did was unjustified.
"It's just unacceptable. I'm fed up. It's time for action -- like now," McKamey said. "Your dogs become your family, you know what I mean? That's our baby."
McKamey, whose nephew was the suspect police arrested in the drug investigation, claims there was no reason for police to be at her home in the first place. She said she is now working with an attorney.
"(My dog) has never attacked anyone in the community and my dog gets loose all the time," she said.
McKamey said she is setting up a Go Fund Me account for veterinary bills, which are estimated at more than $2,000.