Police: Dog shot by officer after attacking woman in Lauderhill

A pit bull was shot by a Lauderhill police officer who witnessed a woman being attacked by the dog Tuesday morning, authorities confirmed.

According to Lt. Michael Santiago, who is also a spokesman for the police department, the officer was conducting an area check in the 5400 block of Northwest 18th Court just before 8 a.m. when he saw the victim being attacked by the dog.

Santiago said the officer jumped a fence and ran over to the woman, ultimately being forced to fire at the dog to stop the attack.

The pit bull ran to a nearby house after being shot, Santiago said.

According to Santiago, it appears that the woman was attacked by the pit bull as she was trying to protect her small dog.

She was taken to an area hospital with puncture wounds to her lower extremities.

The pit bull was taken to an animal hospital for treatment. Sky 10 was above the scene just after 8:30 a.m. as the dog was being removed from a home inside a crate.

The investigation remains open. Police have not confirmed whether they have located the owner of the pit bull.

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