Ogden police fatally shoot pit bull

Wednesday , July 23, 2014 - 5:35 PM

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By ANDREAS RIVERA Standard-Examiner staff

OGDEN - Police officers fatally shot a dog early Wednesday morning after they say it was prompted to attack them by its owner.

A woman called Ogden City Police earlier to conduct a welfare check on her brother whom she hadn't heard from in three days, Lt. Tim Scott said.

At about 1 a.m. two officers responded to the address on the 2900 block of Monroe Boulevard. 

Scott said the officers rattled a chain-link fence around the home to check for a dog, but got no response.  

They knocked on the door several times to make contact with the subject of the welfare check before they saw the man come from the back of the home with a baseball bat. 

Officers attempted explain the situation to the man who refused to cooperate and shouted expletives at them, Scott said.

At one point in the encounter, the man told officers that he would sic his dog on them at which point he brought out a pit bull from behind the home as well. 

Officers say the man commanded the dog to “get him,” prompting the dog to move toward police in an aggressive manner.

The officer closest to the pit bull drew his gun and fired at the dog, killing it in self-defense, Scott said.

The two officers then left to de-escalate the situation. However the Weber County Attorney’s Office is currently screening charges against the man for assault on police, Scott said.

Ogden Animal Services said they have had multiple calls of animal abuse at that home, but have never been able to make contact with the owners or the dog.

The dog’s remains are currently with Animal Services and will likely be returned to the owners.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or arivera@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Andreas.

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