Two Columbus Police officers shot and killed a pit bull Monday evening when it threatened them after attacking another dog at Pawnee Park East.
The officers had unsuccessfully tried to separate the fighting dogs and had to destroy the pit bull when it started to come after them, Columbus Police Capt. Todd Thalken said.
The incident began about 5:15 p.m. Monday when the victim dog, which was being walked by its owner and was on a leash, was attacked by the pit bull, the police captain said.
Thalken said the pit bull, which was not licensed and was not wearing a collar, was running loose without its owner at the time of the incident. The owner of pit bull had not been identified by Tuesday afternoon.
Columbus Animal Control officers and police officers responded to the 911 call at the park.
Thalken said the victim dog was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment of its wounds.