AC Police Shoot Pit Bull That Threatened Children

Dogs threatened children who were playing near a playground

Atlantic City police fatally shot a pit bull that tried to attack some children and went after an animal control officer.

Officers went to the Uptown Complex park Friday night after receiving reports about two pit bulls chasing children. They saw one dog bite and deflate a basketball as the scared children stood on a park bench.

Police then tried unsuccessfully to leash the dogs, and one soon ran off.

When the animal control officer arrived and tried to restrain the remaining pit bull with a pole leash, the dog charged at the officer, who avoided it.

But when it came back, three police officers opened fire and the dog was hit at least once. And when it continued to charge toward them, the officers fired multiple shots.

The dog's owner has not been identified, and the other pit bull has not been found.

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