• Lawrence officer fatally shoots dog in self-defense


    LAWRENCE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A Lawrence police officer fatally shot what he believed was a pit bull after the dog charged at him several times on Saturday morning.

    The officer responded to 28 Summer St. around 5 a.m. after receiving a call from a man saying that he and his daughter couldn't get out of the car because a pit bull was trying to attack them. The officer was able to distract the dog long enough so that the man and his daughter could get out; however, the dog did charge at the cop several times, reports The Eagle-Tribune.

    Three hours later the officer was called back to the same address because the dog was reportedly trying to attack another person.

    According to the newspaper, the dog reportedly lunged at the officer again and came within several feet of him, so the officer shot the dog.

    Witnesses at the scene corroborated the officer's story.

    Once the animal control officer arrived at the scene she confirmed that the dog was not a pit bull, but a Chinese Shar-pei. So far no one has claimed ownership of the deceased dog.

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