Cincinnati cop shoots two dogs, kills one at Bockfest 5K | Cincinnati News | Cincinnati
A Cincinnati Police Department officer shot a dog twice, killing it and striking another while patrolling the Bockfest 5K this weekend.
Public Information Officer Emily Szink said in a press release that the incident happened around 11 a.m. on Saturday March 5, near the corner of McMicken and Dunlap streets in Over-the-Rhine. As the race unfolded, Szink says an officer noticed a “fight between two dogs,” one on a leash and the other off.
The owner of the leashed dog was trying to separate them and the officer intervened. Szink says that while trying to separate them, the leashed dog bit the owner of the leashed dog in the hand.
The officer then fired at the rampaging dog, which was hit but “continued to attack”. Szink says that’s when the officer shot the dog again, he backed off and later died in a veterinary clinic.
Officials say the leashed dog was also taken to the vet and was found to have “numerous lacerations on his body”. He had also been hit by one of the officer’s bullets. On Monday, Szink says the dog is still at the clinic but is “expected to survive.”
After an investigation, Szink said the officer “did comply with department policy regarding the discharge of firearms” during the incident.
“We understand the scene was emotional for everyone involved, including the owners of the two dogs, the 5K participants, the race spectators and our officers. The City regrets the loss of the unleashed dog, but believes the officer’s actions saved the other animal, its owner and the public from more serious harm,” Szink said in a statement.
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