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Pit bull shot, killed after attacking poodle in Pittsburgh neighborhood

PITTSBURGH — Police are investigating after an officer shot and killed a pit bull that had been stabbed and pepper sprayed by its owner after it attacked another dog.

Police said the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Viola Street and Catoctin Street in Pittsburgh.

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According to a release, officers at the scene first found a poodle covered in blood with a woman – along with a pit bull which had been stabbed by its male owner.

Investigators said the pit bull appeared to be injured, but it “got up and charged at one of the officers,” so that officer shot and killed the dog. No one else was injured by the gunfire.

The owner of the poodle took her dog to the veterinarian, but she later told police that the pit bull was not on a leash when it attacked her dog.

Meanwhile, the pit bull’s owner told police he stabbed and pepper sprayed his dog “multiple times to get it to release the poodle.”

Charges may be pending against the owner of the pit bull because it was off the leash.