Anniston police Capt. Allen George said officers were patrolling the area near West 17th Street when the dog, a male German shepherd, charged at them twice. George said the officers lost sight of the dog until someone else told them he had also been threatened by it.
According to George, the officers found the dog at its owner’s residence. They called city animal control workers to the scene to tranquilize the dog, but the animal ran off after it was shot with the sedative, George said.
Based on witness descriptions, the captain said, police believe the dog ran to a vacant lot near the 1600 block of McDaniel Avenue, where he bit a 7-year-old boy.
George said the dog then returned to the owner’s house, as officers were filling out a report. When the animal tried to charge one of the officers, he shot it with his firearm and the dog ran and hid under the house, the captain said.
According to George, Anniston Animal Control workers had to shoot the dog with another tranquilizer before it was subdued.
The owner of the dog returned home after the animal had been shot and helped pull his pet out from under the house, George said.
According to George, the dog was taken to Clanton Animal Hospital in Jacksonville to be immediately treated then transported to the Calhoun County Animal Center to be quarantined. The captain said he does not know whether the dog is rabid.
An employee at Clanton declined to discuss the dog’s condition. Corin Hale, an employee of the Calhoun County Animal Center, said she also does not know of the animal’s condition but said when he was brought in he was extremely aggressive.
The boy suffered from a red mark on his lower back and was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment, according to George.
The owner could face misdemeanor charges of having a vicious dog at large, George said. The dog was not leashed or kept in a fenced-in yard, the captain said.
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