A New Haven police officer is recovering after a pit bull got loose in a city park and bit the officer’s leg, authorities said.
Police said a passerby called to report a “vicious dog” that had gotten loose and seemed out of control at the College Woods area of East Rock Park.
When officers arrived on scene, the dog’s owner flagged them down and said his dog had escaped and was behaving violently, according to police.
Police shouted warnings to other people in the park, and the dog ran up and bit one of the officer’s legs, police said. The officer shot the dog twice.
The pit bull died and was taken for rabies testing, police said.
The injured officer was taken to the Saint Raphael’s campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Police said the dog’s owner was not charged and no one else was hurt.