NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – One dog was shot and killed Sunday morning when it charged a Newton Falls police officer while police were tracking an aggressive pack of four that was on the loose.
It happened at approximately 9:50 a.m.
Police received calls about four dogs running loose near the City Park on Quarry St.
A resident on Church St. told police that he had scared them off with his garden hose when they approached him aggressively, a release said.
A short time later, it was reported that a young woman walking near the intersection of River and East Broad streets was attacked and bitten by one of the dogs.
During this time, police were searching for the pack of dogs.
When responding to the dog bite victim, an officer went to assist a man who had been cornered by the dogs. According to a press release from the police department, a large gray Mastiff type dog aggressively charged at the officer.
The officer was able to fire at the dog and kill it before it could attack.
A second large brown dog also charged the same officer. Chief Gene H. Fixler believes it was shot in the leg before it turned and ran toward the river bank.
The dog bite victim has been treated and released.
As of Monday afternoon, it has been reported by the owner that the three remaining dogs has retrieved them. They are no longer running at large.
The incident remains under investigation by Newton Falls Police and the Trumbull County Animal Warden’s Office.