Police Chief Dennis Carpenter said the South Roxana Police Department received several telephone calls Sunday morning regarding a female dog that was running loose through the neighborhood. He said both a police officer and animal control officer responded to the area in the 400 block of Illinois Avenue.
Carpenter said one of the residents who called was standing outside his home with a bat when the animal control officer arrived. He said that both of officers, who were not identified, followed the dog as it ran back toward its home and then made contact with the owner, Shane Reid, 34.
"When the animal control officer knocked on the residence, the police officer went around the house to keep an eye out for the dog," the police chief said.
He said the dog ran out of the yard and then came back again; when it did, it took an aggressive stance toward the police officer, bearing its teeth.
"The dog then jumped on the officer," Carpenter said. "The officer then did what he felt was necessary to protect himself."
He said the officer shot the dog once, and then at the owner's request, he shot the dog again so it would not suffer.
Carpenter said the department had received previous complaints about the dog running loose. He said the officer's uniform was covered in muddy paw prints from where the animal jumped on him.
The owner will be issued a summons under the village's lease law ordinance, Carpenter said.