2 dogs shot after attacking woman walking dog

Published: Dec. 31, 2010 at 2:46 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM EST
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By Cameron Easley - email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two Rottweilers were shot on Friday morning after attacking a woman and her dog in the University City area.

The incident happened around 8 am in the Buckleigh neighborhood on Leopold Circle, near Reedy Creek Park, when two Rottweiler dogs escaped from their yard, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police sergeant

The dogs, who dug a hole under a fence to escape, then attacked a woman and her dog who were walking in the neighborhood.  The woman, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for injuries on her arm and neck.

A 24-year-old neighbor with military training, Daniel Alexander, saw that the dogs had the woman and her pet pinned in some bushes. Alexander saw the scene, grabbed a gun inside and came to the woman's aid.

Alexander then shot one of the Rottweilers when it came at him.  That dog ran off and has not been found.

He told WBTV that he tried to distract the dogs before shooting and only fired shots as a last resort. (Graphic image: Deceased dog being taken away - warning, some viewers may find content disturbing)

Two CMPD officers then arrived at the scene to find the remaining dog in a neighbor's backyard.

Police say the dog was acting aggressively and trying to get to another dog that was fenced in.  Police say the dog then came towards the officers, and three shots were fired.  That Rottweiler died at the scene.

The condition of the dog who was being walked by the woman is unknown at this point.

Animal Control is currently attempting to locate the first dog and will continue to investigate the owners and what led to the dogs being left unattended, police said.

Internal Affairs was called to investigate any time an officer discharges their weapon to ensure all CMPD policies and procedures have been followed, police said.

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