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An image of a Pitbull dog and a Pomeranian dog (courtesy of iStock)


PHILADELPHIA – At approximately 8:08 AM on April 17, 2024, a Philadelphia Police officer responded to a radio call for a dog attack on the 2100 block of Eastburn Avenue.

Upon arrival, the officer observed a large Pitbull dog attacking a Pomeranian on the sidewalk. The Pitbull's owner attempted to intervene but was unable to separate the dogs.

At that time, the officer (Officer #1) exited her vehicle and deployed her Taser twice in an attempt to stop the attack. When the Taser was ineffective at stopping the Pitbull, the officer drew her weapon and discharged three rounds, stopping the attack on the dog.

The Pitbull then turned towards the officer, and the officer discharged her weapon three more times, striking the Pitbull in the rear leg.

After the Pitbull was injured, the owner was able to gain control of the dog and transported it to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital for treatment of a single gunshot wound.

The Pomeranian was transported to Animal Care and Control Team Philadelphia (ACCT) but did not survive.

The officer's body-worn camera was activated to capture the entire incident.

The discharging officer is 31 years old, an eight-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, and is assigned to the 14th Police District. As with all officer-involved shootings, the officer has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs and Officer-Involved Shooting investigations.

The incident remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.