A Mesa police officer shot a dog after it attacked its owner Wednesday night.
According to a report, Mesa police responded to a call in the 11000 block of East Contessa about 7:20 p.m. A 22-year-old man said his American bulldog attacked him while being walked down the street. The owner said nothing provoked the dog.
When police arrived, the victim was being treated for bites to his thigh, wrist and abdominal area. The dog was off a bit from its owner and an officer was assigned to keep watch so it wouldn’t harm Mesa Fire personnel attending to the victim. But the dog did attempt to approach the victim and lunged toward the officer, who fired one round from his duty weapon, reportedly striking the dog in the chest. The dog then ran off eastbound, leaving a blood trail, but ground and air units were unable to locate it.
The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Mesa hospital for further treatment.