Santa Rosa police officers shot and killed a dog Saturday night that mauled a man who had been attempting to flee from police. Police were first called to the 2600 block of Navajo Street around 11:20 p.m. Saturday on a report of a large gang fight, according to Sgt. John Cregan.
A caller reported seven to 10 subjects involved in a disturbance on the front lawn of a home there. When police arrived on the scene, subjects on the front lawn of the home began to run away to avoid police. Some ran into the home, and one apparently ran through into the home’s back yard, Cregan said. Moments later, officers heard the subject in the back yard screaming in pain, and found him in the back yard being attacked by a large pit bull.
The victim fell on to his back and the dog was biting his leg, Cregan said. The dog ignored officer’s efforts to shout and scare it away, so officers, fearing for the victim’s life, shot the dog once. The dog ran away and died from his injuries, Cregan said. The victim, a 23-year-old man, received severe lacerations on his leg and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The dog will be tested for rabies, Cregan said.
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