Dog bites person, charges St. Pete police officer

SAINT PETERSBURG - A Saint Petersburg police officer shot a dog Saturday afternoon after it allegedly bit a another person, officials say.

The German Shepherd had reportedly escaped from it's home at 1719 11th Ave N. around 3 p.m. and was loose in the neighborhood.

While the dog was on the loose a neighbor observed the K-9 acting aggressive toward people in the area. 

The neighbor then witnessed the dog bite another person.

Another neighbor came to the person's aide and both were able to safely get away from the dog.

Officers were called out to the neighborhood to help subdue the animal and it get back on the property of it's owner.

As the officers attempted to herd the dog to it's home the dog allegedly charged the officers in an aggressive manner.

A responding officer fired one shot at the dog, striking it.

The dog was taken to a local animal hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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