Officer shoots, kills dog that bit another officer

WSPD Winston-Salem police generic (File photo)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police say one of their officers fatally shot a dog Thursday night after another officer was bit while responding to an alarm.

According to police, the officer who was bit responded around 10:30 p.m. to a house alarm at 5400 Novak St.

Police say the officer was approaching an open side door when three dogs ran out of the garage “in an aggressive manner.” The officer was bit by at least two of the dogs, police said.

Additional officers arrived shortly afterward and found one of the dogs behind a home at 5451 Novak St. Police say the dog ran to within 15 feet of the officers and started growling, at which point one of the officers shot and killed the dog.

Animal control officers seized the other two dogs due to their “aggressive nature” and the fact that the owner did not have vaccination records, police said.

The owner was cited for violating the leash law, police said.

The officer who was bit was taken to Forsyth Hospital to be treated.

Police did not elaborate on why the house alarm activated.