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Pit bull shot to death during Niagara Falls drug raid

NIAGARA FALLS – A pit bull was shot in the head and killed during the execution of a drug warrant Wednesday night, according to Niagara Falls police.

Detective Capt. Kelly Rizzo, chief of detectives, said the Emergency Response Team served the warrant because of the possibility of weapons in the residence at 616 20th St.

Officers ordered three people to the ground who were in front of the residence at 6:30 p.m. When a female opened the front door to the residence, police said, a pit bull ran past her onto the porch and bit down on an officer's leg, Rizzo said.

The officer pushed the barrel of his long gun into the dog's mouth, which caused the dog to release the officer's leg, but when the dog lunged again the officer shot the dog once, killing it, Rizzo said.

Police who had been aware there was a dog in the house planned to use distraction devices to disorient or scare the dog, Rizzo said. However, because the dog rushed out of the house and attacked an officer, officers were not able to use any of the devices, he added.

The drug case and the death of the dog are both under investigation, Rizzo said. No charges have been announced.

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