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Dog fatally shot after biting girl, charging at police officers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, May 13, 2013, at 12:32 p.m.

Wichita police shot a dog to death Sunday morning after it bit a 12-year-old girl and then charged them as they were investigating the incident.

The girl was walking with her mother at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of South Meridian when two dogs came from the back of a residence and charged at them, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

“The boxer was the most aggressive,” Nolte said.

It bit the girl hard enough to break skin. Her mother called 911 and police and EMS responded.

Both dogs charged at the officers as they approached the house, Nolte said. They tried to use their voices and loud noises to distract the dogs, but the boxer kept charging and one of the officers fired and struck the dog in the chest.

When it got up and came at them again, the dog was shot a second time.

“There are reports that these dogs had been aggressive with people previously,” Nolte said.

The girl’s injuries are minor, he said.

“This situation could have been avoided had the dogs been properly restrained,” Nolte said.

The second dog ran off when the shots were fired and has not yet been found, he said. The owner of the dogs could be cited for the bite and the second dog confiscated.

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Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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