Police in Kettering, Ohio, captured one dog and killed another they believed to be responsible for terrorizing a local neighborhood. Authorities say the animals severely injured a 32-year-old man who sustained significant lacerations to his right arm, the Dayton Daily News reports.
It's not the first time that the pair of pit bulls had been involved in an incident either. According to the news source, the animals had previously attacked one of the victims several years ago as well. This time, the police encountered one of the dogs in a resident's backyard, at which point it aggressively charged at the officer, leaving him no choice but to fire his weapon in self defense.
"This type of incident isn't common for us at all," Burke said. "I can't recall one where [a Kettering officer] had to discharge a firearm at a dog in the past few years."
Individuals looking for a non-lethal way to protect themselves against aggressive animals may want to consider buying pepper spray as an animal repellent. The device can be used effectively from up to 10 feet away, offering plenty of distance to keep the user safe.