A Howard County police officer shot and killed a pit bull that police say escaped its Ellicott City yard and was terrorizing the neighborhood.
Police said officers were called to the 8600 block of Golden Grain Court at 4:54 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 after multiple neighbors reported a dog had jumped a fence and was aggressively chasing children.
The owners of the dog were not home at the time, police said.
Police said the officers arrived and found a man defending himself and others from the dog with a plastic shovel. An officer approached the dog who police say, citing multiple witnesses, charged the officer.
Police said the officer fired one shot at the dog, who then fled back into the home where it died.
Shortly afterward, an animal control officer arrived on the scene and tried to enter the residence to render aid to the dog, but three other dogs "prevented entry," police said.
Police then called the owner of the home who arrived and would not allow police officers or animal control officers into the house, but called back later and asked to have the dead dog removed from the home, according to police.
The status of the officer who shot the dog is "working," police said.
Citing animal control records and statements from neighbors, police said the residence "has a long history of animal complaints, including citations for dogs running loose and acting dangerously."