Providence police shoot pit bull during attack

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Four Providence Police officers shot a pit bull during an attack on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Commander Thomas Verdi said two pit bulls attacked a husky outside of 616 Smith Street, where both dog owners live.

The 14-year-old owner of the husky tried to protect her dog when the pit bull started to attack her as well.

The owner of the pit bulls tried to control his dogs but he was also attacked, according to Verdi.

Officers tried to taser one of the pit bulls but the dog continued to attack. Verdi said that’s when 4 officers shot the pit bull multiple times.

A 7-year-old inside the home was taken out through the second-floor window by the Providence Fire Department because two of the pit bulls went back inside the home.

A total of 3 pit bulls from the same home were taken away by animal control.

The pit bull that was shot was later euthanized, according to Verdi.

Verdi said the husky is being treated and both the 14-year-old and the owner of the pit bulls were taken to the hospital and expected to be okay.

A witness sent ABC6 News video of officers shooting the pit bull.



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