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Cop shoots dog, Md. teen hit

Baltimore police say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg when an officer fired at a dog attacking a group of youths.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi that officers came across a group of youths being attacked by a pit bull around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fenwick and East 28th streets.

Guglielmi says one officer shot the dog, but the teen was hit when the bullet ricocheted or went through the dog. He says the teen, who was talking and coherent at the scene, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The dog died.

Police say witnesses told them kids in the neighborhood were antagonizing the dog and the dog broke free.

The names of the officers involved have not been released.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 10, 2010; 8:11 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore  
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First off I would like to ask if this dog was officially a pit bull and not some other breed, because the media sure likes to put the spot light on pits, so does the Washington post have confirmation from a Veterinarian that this dog was in fact a pit?
Second of all, why would a Police officer shoot a dog when they have other resources and tools to take an animal down with out possibly endangering what is surrounding the event! Last are this children who were taunting and harassing this dog going to be held accountable, because any aggressive breed would do the same? And who owned this pit?

Posted by: josiethebarber | June 10, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The kids were antagonizing the dog, the dog defends itself, and the policeman shot the DOG?!?!?!

Shoot the kids. Animal abuse by kids in Baltimore is at epidemic levels. If they're going to act like animals and prey on others, treat them like marauding animals--take them down. It will prevent abuse of humans later in their lives.

Posted by: MichaelinBaltimore | June 11, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

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