Fort Worth TX police shoot dog after attacking woman
Fort Worth officers had to put down a dog Saturday night after it mutilated a woman, sending her to the hospital in critical condition, police say.
Fort Worth police said the woman was attacked by the dog around 4:25 p.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, they were told a woman on the second floor of the Edgewood Oaks apartments east of Fort Worth had been bitten by the dog. Family members were shouting from an open window in the apartment for help.
When they arrived at the apartment, officers attempted to open the front door but were unable to because of the dog, police say. An officer tried to use a department-issued baton to fend off the dog, but the dog charged the officer.
Police say the officer, out of fear for his safety and that of others, shot the dog at least once. The dog ran up the stairs to charge a second officer. That officer also shot the dog, the department said for the same reasons as the first, hitting it again at least once.
Police say the dog then turned and charged fire personnel who had responded to the scene and the second officer fired again, killing the dog, “ending the immediate threat to everyone present”.
The woman suffered a serious bite wound on her wrist and was taken to hospital in critical condition.
Police said detectives from the Major Case Unit were investigating what happened.
This story was originally published August 13, 2022 9:35 p.m.