Police officer shoots dog

By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com

A New Boston police officer has been forced to shoot a dog after it attacked a man and attempted to attack the officer.

On Friday at 12:25 p.m., NBPD dispatch received a call to respond to 3205 Rhodes Ave., where a UPS delivery man had reportedly been bitten by a pit bull.

On arrival to the scene, the officer said he was met by the UPS man who had been bitten on his hand and had suffered an injury. According to the police report, apparently after the UPS man knocked on the front door, the dog’s owner reportedly requested the UPS man to go stand on the other side of their fence on the sidewalk. The UPS man reported he did what the owner requested.

When the dog’s owner opened the front door the dog reportedly ran out of the house and went underneath the fence and attacked the UPS man. According to police, surveillance footage from the New Boston Eagles shows the UPS man in the middle of Rhodes Avenue going around in circles with the dog biting his hand. The dog’s owner was able to get the dog and took the dog back into their house.

Police said after EMS personnel arrived, along with the Scioto County Dog Warden, officers were standing on the sidewalk taking the report information. It was then that the child of the dog owner reportedly opened the front door and the dog ran out again and went underneath the fence and was about to jump on a NBPD officer and the officer discharged his service weapon and shot the dog.

The dog’s owner was allowed to take her dog to a veterinarian from the scene.

The Daily Times asked New Boston Police Chief Steve Goins what the New Boston Police Department policy is concerning the shooting of an animal.

“That would be the safety of any citizen or Officer,” Goins said. “If they are about to be attacked or have been attacked or injured, our Officers will protect themselves or any other citizen from injury or further injury.”

Goins said the investigation is ongoing and the dog’s owner will be cited for not controlling a dangerous dog in which the dog bites a person, which is a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

By Frank Lewis


Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.

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