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Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:51 a.m.
 

Arnold police Chief Willie Weber said he was forced to fatally shoot a dog that attacked him on Monday.

Weber said he responded to a complaint of unrestrained dogs hanging out the window of a house at 1635 Fourth Ave.

Weber said he was walking on the sidewalk about 10 feet from the house about 2:30 p.m. when two pit bulls, one male adult and one puppy, jumped from a first-floor window.

The puppy stayed in the yard, Weber said, but the gray-and-white adult dog charged, biting Weber's left thigh before the chief was able shake the dog off into the street.

When the dog charged again and bared its teeth, Weber said he had no choice but to fire three shots that killed the dog.

The dog was not wearing a collar, according to the chief. Weber said Delmont-based Hoffman Kennels retrieved the dog's body and will investigate whether it was vaccinated or licensed.

Weber said charges against the owner are pending the result of Hoffman's research.

The chief said the dog's teeth did not pierce his skin and he was not injured in the attack.

Weber said no one was home at the time and the owner had not yet contacted police Monday evening.

The dogs' owner, Velvet Morris, tearfully apologized for the incident in an interview with WPXI-TV.

Weber said he didn't believe police had been called to the house before for dog-related problems. However, he said neighbors who witnessed the incident reported having concerns about the dogs being loose in the past.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or lhayes@tribweb.com.

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