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Police shoot, kill pit bull that attacked officer

ST. PETERSBURG — Police shot and killed a pit bull Wednesday morning that had bitten a woman and a police officer in the past two days.

Officer Kenneth Sharp was bitten on the hand around 7:30 a.m. after he responded to a call about a loose dog in an alley behind James Avenue S, according to St. Petersburg police spokesman Bill Proffitt.

Officers Sharp and Scot Laaninen discharged their handguns several times, striking and killing the female pit bull terrier, whose name was Patches, police said. The dog belonged to Melissa Stewart, who lives at 1315 James Ave. S

Animal Control had received two prior complaints about the dog in the past week but they were never able to contact the owner or locate the dog on either of those dates, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, and it was unclear whether or not the dog's owner will face any charges.

Police shoot, kill pit bull that attacked officer 07/15/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:30pm]

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