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Officer shoots pit bull
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TRINITY – A dog owned by a Trinity man was euthanized Friday after being shot by a Trinity police officer. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, the dog was one of three pit bulls that escaped off a chain from the back yard of a home owned by Johnny Harris of Trinity. Officer Donald Givens and Animal Control Officer Chris Harrison were called to the scene after one of the dogs reportedly attacked and injured two men. “One of the victims was bitten on the right forearm and the other on the right leg,” Jones said. Both men were advised to seek medical treatment and left the scene in private vehicles. When Givens and Harrison approached the pit bull, Jones said the dog began to attack the animal control officer, biting his shoes. It was then that Givens fired his pistol twice in an attempt to halt the attack. “The dog ran under the porch and they waited for its owner to come and get it out,” Jones said. “They didn’t initially think that Officer Givens had hit the dog when he fired, but when the owner finally got him from under the porch, they realized the dog had been shot once in the side.” The animal was then transported to a local veterinarian by Harrison and was subsequently euthanized after a consultation between Harris and city officials. Harris was subsequently taken into custody on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Jones said he instructed Givens to issue the dog owner with a ticket for having three animals roaming lose in violation of the city’s leash law ordinance. The police chief said Harris became belligerent and refused to take the ticket and was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct.