Two People Bitten by Pit Bull in Southington

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Alex Matthews

A pit bull was Tasered and euthanized after biting a local resident and police officer, then following woman and small child into their home in Southington last week, police say.

According to police, the dog pushed its way out of an unlocked cellar door on North Summit Street around 9:30 a.m. Nov. 21.

Police said the pit bull approached a woman walking with a child in a stroller and two small dogs, then “aggressively engaged” the dogs. The woman and a bystander pushed the stroller out of harm’s way, and a third person lifted it into a truck bed to keep the child safe.

Police said the pit bull bit the first bystander on the hand, then bit Southington Police Officer Butler on the hand and arm after he arrived on scene.

The woman, child and two smaller dogs went into their home, at which point the pit bull followed them inside. Police were able to contain the dog but said it was still behaving aggressively and officers had to shoot it with a Taser. The dog was taken to the Southington Animal Control facility. Police said Sieracki “voluntarily surrendered” the dog and it was later euthanized.

The officer and witness who were bitten were taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. They were released from the hospital shortly thereafter, according to police.

The woman, child and other witness were not injured.

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