Thea Digiammerino

Dog Shot After Attacking Child in Stratford

A Stratford police officer shot and killed a dog that was attacking a girl on Everett Street Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the officer saw the dog attacking the child and tried to stop the animal using a Taser. According to police, the dog then turned on the officer. The officer tried the Taser again but the dog would not stop, forcing the officer to shoot it.

Malik Wells said he and his 8-year-old cousin had just come in from walking the family's new dog when out of nowhere the animal attacked.

"I was trying to get him off of her. I was kicking him and he wasn't listening," Wells said.

The girl was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Her mother told NBC Connecticut Tuesday that her while her daughter was traumatized by the day's events, she's expected to be OK. She said she is grateful to the police officer for the quick action.

The dog, a 2-year-old named Sosa, died on scene. 

The investigation is ongoing. No other details were immediately available.

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