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Mountie shoots, kills hostile dog

A Halifax RCMP officer shot and killed an aggressive dog that police say scared trick-or-treaters on Sunday night.

A Halifax RCMP officer shot and killed an aggressive dog that police say scared trick-or-treaters on Sunday night.

Cpl. Scott MacRae, RCMP spokesman, said a 150-pound rottweiler/bull mastiff dog got off its chain in North Preston on Halloween night.

MacRae said an officer was nearby and arrived quickly after the call came in at 6 p.m. to Amos Walter Drive.

“He put himself in between the kids and the dog so they could get into the house,” MacRae said.

“The dog didn’t take kindly to the big officer in front of him and went after him.”

The dog attacked the officer, latching onto his arm. Fortunately the officer managed to fight off the dog and wasn’t tackled to the ground, MacRae said.

“The dog came at him a second time at which the RCMP officer used his service gun and shot at the dog, fatally wounding the animal.”

No parents or children were hurt, and the officer required only minor medical treatment for the bite to his arm.

“It’s under investigation,” MacRae said.

“Halifax Regional Municipality Animal Services are investigating and right now we don’t think charges will be anticipated.”

MacRae said he believes investigators have identified the owner but doesn’t know why there likely won’t be charges.

 
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