NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A police officer in Niagara Falls shot a 90-pound pit bull to death after the dog knocked down a fellow officer and mauled him.
Police Lt. Michael Kachurek says the officers were investigating a burglary at an apartment house early Monday morning when the dog bounded out of another apartment and bowled over 1 of the cops. The dog's owner tried to call the animal back inside but it continued to bite the officer until his partner shot it.
The officer was treated for bite wounds at the hospital and the owner was cited for having an unlicensed dog and failing to properly restrain it.
Police later tracked down a 21-year-old man who had entered the building, starting the whole episode, and charged him with criminal trespassing.
(American Pit Bull Terriers do not weigh 90 lbs).