A Colorado Springs police officer shot and killed a pit bull running loose near an elementary school Thursday morning when the dog charged.
Sgt. Chuck Potter, of the police department, said that officers saw two pitbulls chasing two children about 7:30 a.m. in the 5000 block of Basalm Street next to Scott Elementary.
Potter said that the dogs were acting agressively and were barking at officers, who tried to subdue the dogs with pepper spray.
“It did not have any affect on the dogs,” he said.
He said officers had gotten children out of the area but were worried because school was about to start and additional children would be headed toward the area, he said.
“Once the bus arrived, there could be 40 children or so right there,” he said.
He said the officer had a safe shot at the dog and took it when the animal charged. The animal died instantly.
The other dog ran away and was soon caught and taken to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
Gretchen Pressley, spokeswoman for the humane society, said the dogs were not wearing collars and did not have tracking chips. No one has claimed the dogs and the humane society is trying to find out who owned them.
If found, they could be charged with owning a dangerous animal, she said.