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Pa. officers shoot pit bull

April 06, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro police officers shot a pit bull Thursday morning after they said it bit Cpl. John Shindledecker.

At 7:06 a.m., police were called to 25 N. Grant St., where a dog had chased residents into their vehicles, Sgt. Mike Bock said.

The dog jumped at Shindledecker who, using his K-9 unit training, "slipped" him, meaning that the officer used his arm to deflect the attack, Bock said.

"The dog went off, hit and came down on all fours," Bock said.

When the dog leaped a second time, Shindledecker fired and shot the dog in the chest, which Bock said "barely slowed it down."

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Shindledecker and another officer continued to fire at the animal until the tiger-striped male stopped moving. Police are planning to send the dog to Harrisburg, Pa., for testing to ensure it was free of disease.

"It was a minor, very minor bite," Bock said.

When Bock left in the afternoon, officers still were searching for the dog's owner.

"No one had called in their dog missing," Bock said.

Anyone with information on the dog or its owner may call 717-762-2132.

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