(PIX11) – A Suffolk County police officer shot and killed a dog Tuesday night after the animal attacked him, authorities said.
According to Newsday, the officer responded to a 911 call of a dog growling at people near a car wash on Fifth Avenue in Brentwood.
When the officer arrived, the original caller got the dog to sit down by giving it food but when the officer attempted to read its tag, he was attacked.
The officer shot the dog once, but it got back up and attacked him again, police said.
He then shot the dog again, killing it.
The office was treated at a local hospital for non life threatening bite wounds to his legs and hand.
Suffolk Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals identified the dog as an Akita.
The dog’s tag did not identify its owner.