PEABODY - Peabody police say an officer was forced to shoot and kill a dog that had apparently turned on its owner and her boyfriend.
The dog got loose while chasing a cat outside a home on Endicott Street around 10:45 p.m. Thursday.
According to investigators, the owner and her boyfriend climbed on top of a car to get away from the dog. Police said the couple had "extensive injuries" when they arrived and the man was "bleeding heavily."
As an officer parked his cruiser, the couple tried to get down from the car but the dog attacked again, police said, "latching onto" the woman's head and "shaking her."
That's when they say the officer shot and killed the dog. The man and woman were taken to the hospital. The man was still there as of Friday morning, but the woman was released.
Police said they have not had any involvement with the couple or the dog in the past.
No other information is available at this point in the investigation.
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