An officer sets a trap to capture one of the dogs.
Dog captured after attack
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - Two men were attacked Monday afternoon by two dogs.
Police say the two men were in Missouri River Greenway just after 4 p.m. Monday when they were bitten. One man was bitten in the arm, the other man was bitten in the leg.
It took officers about 4 hours Monday to find the dogs in a very unexpected way.
Not before the two dogs a pit bull and a terrier mix would attack two victims and charge at a police officer.
When the Bridgeton police arrived on scene their top priority was the victims of the dog bites. One man bit in the arm the other in the leg, but the two dogs were standing in between the authorities and the victims.
"The paramedics couldn't even get to them and we, we have to protect life," says Officer Sue Gibbons with the Bridgeton Police Department.
She says she tried to get the dogs to back off, but they weren't having it.
"They were circling and we were trying to keep them over there so we could actually get to the victims," says the Officer.
She soon realized she was the dog's next target.
"I took a couple steps back and I was trying to scare him away just gained speed and we had to get to those people so I drew my service revolver and I shot him," she says.
She says the dogs took off into the woods, only to be found four hours later by animal control officers.
They were setting up traps when the dogs approached them from behind and quick action by the St. Louis County Animal Control team they were able to capture them. Officer Gibbons says be smart if you run across a stray animal.
"Don't pet it, you don't know this dog this dog's history and don't just assume that he's a dog and he's friendly that he is," she says.
The pit bull was taken to the Webster Groves Animal Hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound and the other dog is being taken to the St. Louis County Animal Care and Control offices.
Police are trying to find the owners of the dogs and they need to see if the dogs have rabies.
The men were treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries and were released.