Officers fired two rounds into a pit bull who was attempting to attack them early Sunday morning, police said.
A woman in the Rock Creek area called 9-1-1 to report that three pit bulls were looming in her front yard, barking at her, and preventing her from leaving her house.
When officers arrived, they recognized one of the dogs as one they had just dealt with the previous week. One of the officer's had taken a burglary report from the dog's owner, when the dog tried to attack the officer, but was unsuccessful, said Sgt. Dave Thompson, a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
This time, police were able to get a hold of the owner, but she made no attempt to corral the dog that was advancing on deputies on the other side of the street.
When the dog indicated he was going to attack, a deputy shot the dog. The dog reeled, but then advanced a second time. A second deputy then fired a shot, and this time the dog ran off and was corralled by his owners.
The pit bull was taken to Dove Lewis Animal Hospital in Portland and is currently in stable condition.
The owner of the dog was cited for keeping a Dangerous Dog.
The other two pit bulls were returned safely to their home by their owner.