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Tampa officer saves chicken by shooting pit bull with stun gun

TAMPA — A pit bull's attack on a chicken was thwarted Saturday night when a Tampa police officer shot it with a stun gun.

About 11:20 p.m., Officer Richard Mercado arrived at 1802 N Armenia Ave. to investigate reports of a domestic dispute, police said. It's not clear who was involved in that argument.

When Mercado arrived, a pit bull had entered the house chasing a chicken.

Resident Laticia Policarpo, 19, told Mercado the dog wasn't hers, and she was afraid it would attack her 2-year-old son.

Mercado chased the dog out of the house, but it started attacking the chicken, an incident report states.

Fearing for the bird's life, Mercado fired his stun gun at the dog and was able to move it into his police cruiser. Animal control came to the scene to take the dog to an area shelter. The conditions of the dog and chicken were not immediately available late Monday morning.

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