WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita police had to shoot a dog after it charged at them.
It happened 8:45 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of South Meridian.
According to police, a 35-year-old mom and her 12-year-old daughter were walking on Meridian when a white and black dog and a large brown Boxer came from the back of a home and charged at them.
The Boxer bit the girl and punctured her skin.
The mother then called police and EMS.
“The Boxer charged at the officer,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department. “The officer took out his duty weapon, and shot it in the chest. The dog continued to come at the officers which shot at it a second time which put the dog down.”
Police say there are reports of the dogs being aggressive before.
Officers also say they want the public to make sure their animals are properly controlled and confined.
“The police department doesn’t like to shoot animals, and this situation could have been avoided had the dogs been properly restrained,” said Nolte.
The white and black dog ran away and wasn’t hurt during the shooting.
Police say the owner of the pet is responsible for the bite and will be cited.
Animal control will do their investigation to make sure the dog was vaccinated.