Va. Officer Kills Aggressive Pit Bull

May 12, 2010

A Newport News police officer shot and killed a pit bull after it killed another dog and acted aggressively toward police.

Newport News police spokesman Lou Thurston says two officers responded to a report of vicious dogs Tuesday afternoon. They saw a pit bull attack and kill another pit bull in a yard. The dog then attacked a third pit bull in the yard and became aggressive toward the officers.

One officer shot and killed the dog.

The dog's owner was cited for dog at large, no rabies shot and no dog license.

Neither officer was injured.

An administrative investigation will be conducted because the incident involved an officer firing a weapon.

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