An officer was forced to shoot and kill a dog after police said the animal attacked two teenage girls in Manchester on Wednesday afternoon.
Police received an emergency call about a teenager being attacked a pit bull at 517 Vernon St. around 12:30 p.m. Police said they received additional 911 calls of a fire at that same home.
Upon arrival, police said a smoke alarm was going off and officers heard a 14-year-old girl screaming. Officers opened the front door and saw heavy smoke.
The 14-year-old girl said the dog was still attacking her friend in the other room. At the same time, police said the officer spotted "a toaster in the kitchen was on fire, with flames reaching up to the kitchen cabinets."
The officer told the first 14-year-old girl to exit the home and then headed into the next room.
The officer located a "large pit bull" that weighed about 100 pounds. Police said the dog was jumping at a TV stand where another 14-year-old girl was hiding behind.
After trying to distract the dog away from the girl, police said the officer "attempted to call it a second time, at which point the dog ran towards him in an aggressive manner."
The officer shot and killed the dog. Police said the officer was fearful for his safety and the safety of those in the home.
"He was upset he had to shoot the dog but he had no other options at that point and he had to protect himself as well as the victims," said Manchester Police Capt. Chris Davis.
The officer found puncture wounds all over the 14-year-old girl’s body. Police said those wounds "were actively bleeding."
The officer got the girl out of the home as it was "still filling with smoke." Both 14-year-old girls were taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for treatment.
Police learned that the teenagers came home, the smoke alarm was going off and there was smoke in the house. The teens told police that "the dog appeared agitated and was running around when they got home."
The dog bit one of the girls and then attacked the second teenager when police said "she intervened trying to pull it away from the first girl." Police added the pit bull "dragged her across the floor and bit her several times before they were able to call 911."
Two officers were able to put out the kitchen fire along with help from 8th Utilities District firefighters.
Police said there were no parents home at the time of the fire and dog attack. Police said they believe one of girls lives at the home while the other was visiting her that afternoon.
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