DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Daytona Beach police officer shot and killed two pitbulls that attacked a K-9.
Officials say the officer and his dog entered a fenced yard Sunday while tracking suspects who fled from a car crash involving a stolen car. Two pitbulls came through the door of a screened porch and attacked the police dog.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the officer used pepper spray, but that did not stop the attack. Another officer shot each dog three times.
Officials say the pitbulls did not belong to the suspects, who are still being sought.
The K-9 was rushed to an emergency animal clinic, where he was treated for puncture wounds.
Police say they offered to bury the pitbulls, but the owner refused.
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