Dog Shot By Off-Duty Officer on Route 206

Hamilton Township cop tries to help catch stray dogs when one bites his foot.

An off-duty police officer from Hamilton Township, in Mercer County, shot a pit bull that bit his foot as the officer attempted to get the dog and another stray out of Route 206 traffic at about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The off-duty officer had stopped to help a Hillsborough Rescue Squad member trying to get the stray two pit bulls out of the road between Raider Boulevard and Amwell Road, where the dogs were creating a traffic hazard and in danger of being hit by a vehicle.

But as the two approached the dogs, they became aggressive and one attacked the off-duty officer, biting his foot. The officer fired one shot, hitting the dog biting him but not mortally wounding the animal—both dogs reportedly ran off towards a nearby residence.

Police said the Hamilton officer suffered a puncture wound and was taken to Somerset Medical Center for treatment.

Animal control officers from St. Hubert's captured the dogs, and the wounded dog is being treated.

The dogs' owner has been identified and police are checking to verify both are current on required vaccinations. 

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Kristen January 31, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I agree with karen...this is an ignorant comment. the breed isn't dangerous and if you knew anything about dog breeds you would know that. i have 2 pit bulls who are both trained therapy dogs. this is yet another case of people making assumptions and being quick to pull the trigger on a pitbull. they should have called animal control to handle the situation from the start since they obviously aren't trained to handle situations like this.
Kristen January 31, 2013 at 06:51 PM
well stated!!
Kristen January 31, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Abt January 31, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Pascale, you're just a transient megaposter spreading hate, and I highly doubt that you have anything to do with the medical profession.
Paws April 09, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Maybe the police officers should be trained on how to approach a scared dog that is going to protect itself rather than just winging it and endangering themselves, the dog and any others around them for no reason! Cops think they are tough and Know-it-alls, they should take the time to learn more about dog behaviors before attempting something like this. Or at the very least, call in a K-9 unit officer who at least has some experience with dogs.


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