An Austin Police Officer was sent to the hospital after being attacked by a pitbull mixed breed while investigating a home burglary Tuesday. The dog attacked the officer, who pulled out his gun and shot and killed the dog.
Police say officer David Rodriguez sustained extensive injuries when the pitbull mix bit his arm. Rodriguez was released from the hospital Wednesday and is recovering.
Police say officers were responding to a burglary call off Russet Hill drive near MLK and Springdale.
They say the officer saw a back door open and went into the backyard to secure it. That is when the pitbull mix latched onto his arm.
Police say Rodriguez tried to swing the dog off him but was forced to shoot it several times. One nieghbor ran down the street to help the officer.
The dog's owner is broken hearted over losing eight and a half year old Shaq. Terry Reed says he only let his dogs in the backyard after waiting 45 minutes for police to arrive.
He was emotional when he told us his dog was only trying to protect his family and home. He questioned whether police really had to shoot the dog.
Police are calling this a tragic event. They say they never want to shoot a dog but in this case, the officer had limited options.