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Officer shoot, kill aggressive dog

A dog so dangerous that its previous owner had its new caretaker sign an agreement stipulating the animal have no contact with other people was killed Tuesday night after it charged at law enforcement officers, according to Rochester police.

The pit bull had been owned by a 21-year-old homeless man before he turned it over to a 49-year-old woman living at the 800 block of West Center Street, according to police Capt. Brian Winters.

The dog was shot once by a Rochester police officer, and a Minnesota State Patrol officer killed the animal with a second shot after it continued to be aggressive, Winters said.

Police were alerted about the dog at 9:12 p.m., when a 46-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman said the dog aggressively charged them whenever they tried to enter an apartment building. The police officer and state patrol officer watched the dog charge the two people and lunge at a window as if trying to get at the people inside the building, Winters said.

Before animal control could arrive, the dog charged at the officer and deputy without provocation, Winters said.


The woman with the dog said she couldn't care for it because of its aggressive behavior, Winters said.

No charges will be filed, Winters said.

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