Two dogs are recovering at a Wichita Animal Shelter after one was shot by Derby Police.
Officers were called to investigate a vicious animal report in the 2100 block of North Duckcreek Lane around 7 a.m. Tuesday. Police arrived to find a Husky and a Pitt Bull lying on top of what appeared to be a dead cat. The homeowner told police the dogs mauled her cat.
Another neighbor told police the dogs growled and barked at her while she took her trash to the curb.
An officer shot the Pitt Bull in the chest while an animal control officer tried to catch the Husky with a pole. In a release issued Wednesday, police said the Pitt Bull circled around the Animal Control Officer growling and barking.
Lt. Tim Brant, Derby Police, said the the Pitt Bull's behavior was threatening.
"Any time we deal with a vicious animal our goal is to safely capture the animal without incident," Brant said. "Because of the aggressive nature of the Pit Bill reported to and witnessed by the police officer, the officer believed the Pit Bull was going to attack so he shot it to protect human life."
Both dogs ran off after the shot was fired. Derby officers tracked the dogs to the railroad tracks between Buckner Street and River Street. The dogs were spotted along a thick line of brush near the tracks, but officers were not able to catch them.
A homeowner in the 700 block of North Bucker called police around 4 p.m. Tuesday to report finding the dogs on their back porch. The dogs ran away again when officers arrived.
The Animal Control Officer set out a large dog trap in the area and police officers monitored the area throughout the night.
The dogs were captured without incident around 6 a.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of North Water.
"We are happy to report that no other people or animals were harmed during the night as the dogs ran loose," Brant said. "The primary responsibility of the Derby Police Department is to protect the life and property of our citizens and visitors. We value animals up until the point they pose a threat to humans or other animals."
The Pit Bull was taken to the veterinarian for treatment, and the owners have been located. Brant said Pitt Bulls are not illegal in Derby, but the city has a specific ordinance as to what qualifies as a vicious dog. An investigation is under way as to whether charges will be filed against the dogs' owners.