St. Marys Police officer shoots pit bull that attacks him

St. Marys Police officer shoots pit bull that attacks him

Teeth marks are visible on the officer's uniform after Thursday's attack. (St. Marys Police Department)

ST. MARYS, Ga. — A St. Marys Police Department officer was forced to shoot a pit bull that attacked him on Thursday, a police report said.

Police responded to a call of three aggressive dogs near Chateau Garden Apartments. The dogs were described as preventing two women from walking down the sidewalk near the St. Marys Middle School.

An officer said one of the women had actually been knocked down by one of the dogs, which were spotted in front of 500 Chateau Circle.

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As an officer watched a resident attempt to shoo away the dogs, a third dog, a pit bull, attacked the officer, the report said. The officer was bitten twice on his upper left thigh. After attempting to kick away the dog, the officer drew his service weapon and shot the dog once in the neck.

The officer was treated for the two bites and later returned to continue his shift.

The dog was picked up by Camden County Animal Control Officers and transported to a local veterinarian, where it was euthanized due to the severity of its injuries.