A vicious dog that has been seen roaming the streets of Port Huron was captured and put down Thursday night, while another is still on the loose.
Shortly before 7 p.m., officers were called to the area of 13th and Cypress streets for a report of vicious dogs, Port Huron Police Capt. Marcy Kuehn said.
Officers found what has been described as a white pit bull and black Labrador/boxer mix. These are believed to be the same dogs that were seen last weekend, and which had acted aggressively towards a resident and killed a skunk and a pet dog.
An officer shot at the white pit bull because of its aggressive behavior, Kuehn said. The dog was shot between its shoulders, while the black dog ran across the train tracks and out of site.
The white dog ran eastbound towards the riverwalk, then northbound past the YMCA. A bystander spotted the dog in the 300 block of Wall Street chasing a young girl, Kuehn said.
Kuehn said the bystander opened his car door to help the young girl and the dog jumped in his car.
Officers removed the dog from the bystander’s car and transported it to a secure area, where it was put down.
There were no injuries.
Kuehn said the black dog is still on the loose.
Kuehn said Friday morning the police department is investigating tips about the dogs’ potential owner.
The dogs were first seen at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12, when officers were called to the area of 16th and Cedar streets for two loose large pit bulls, one white and one brown, that were believed to have shock collars on. Officers were unable to locate the dogs.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13, officers were called to the 1400 block of Cypress Street for a report of two large loose pit pulls that had mauled another dog, Kuehn said. These are believed to be the same dogs as the day before, however, these dogs were described as a white pit bull with brown ears and a black Labrador/boxer mix, both without collars.
The dogs had reportedly killed a 95-year-old residents’ five-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Chihuahua mix, who saw the pet dog in the white pit bull’s mouth. The pet dog, named Bear, had been on a leash in his yard.
Neighbors also reported the dogs were aggressive towards a person the day prior and killed a skunk, Kuehn said.
Later that day at approximately 8 p.m., officers searched for the dogs in the 1500 block of Cedar Street after a resident saw the dogs in a wooded area growling and acting like pack animals, Kuehn said.
Officers confronted the dogs in a wooded lot, who circled them. The officers shot at the dogs, who ran away south from Cedar towards another officer. The officer fired at the dogs before losing sight of them.
The next morning, officers spent hours looking for the dogs in the areas they had been seen, but were unable to find them, Kuehn said.
If anyone comes in contact with the remaining dog, they are urged not to approach it and call St. Clair County Central Dispatch at (810) 985-8115.
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