PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A dog attacking, biting and chasing children and people was shot by police on Thursday morning.
Officers responded to the scene after receiving reports that the dog had bitten people and saw it attacking children at the bus stop. He was biting a woman who was protecting her son and other children.
“It’s more traumatizing than a physical problem I think,” said Dierdra Shows, who protected the kids from the dog. “My son’s upset, it’s really hard from him. I have to talk to him about how it’s not really the dog that’s the problem, it’s the person that’s raising the dog.”
The dog had also reportedly chased another woman and jumped at the door of a home.
“They looked like they were trying to stay away from the dog,” witness Amanda Meeker said. “And it looked like it was charging and trying to bite at people.”
Another man nearby was also bitten and was treated by paramedics. The woman and children were not injured.
An officer arrived and reportedly charged at him, so the officer fired at the dog. The dog survived the gunshot wound and was taken into custody by Multnomah County Animal Services.
Authorities said the dog is being treated at Dove Lewis, where they are working to stabilize him. He will likely stay overnight at the animal hospital but is expected to survive.
“It’s just too bad it’s another pit bull and I feel bad that it’s not [his] fault,” witness Alicia Martin said. “It’s the owner’s fault for not raising [him] properly. Pitties are some of the sweetest dogs.”
Animal services said the dog does have a microchip, but it’s linked to a previous owner who lives in Spokane. Authorities are still looking for the dog’s current owner. If they owner is found, they could face charges.
Anyone with information about whom the dog belongs to may call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333 or Multnomah County Animal Services at 503-988-7387.