SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Officers in San Francisco shot a dog that began charging police near the United Nations Plaza Monday evening.
Police were patrolling the area near Fulton and Hyde Streets around 6:44 p.m. in an unmarked squad car when officers noticed a man standing on the sidewalk on the south side of the Asian Art Museum, according to police.
Officers notice the man had narcotic paraphernalia, and got out of their car to speak with him.
As officers approached the man, the dog began to charge at the officers, police said.
The dog’s owner did not have control of the dog’s leash as it bolted towards the officers.
Fearing for their safety, the officers retreated in order to create a distance between them and the animal, according to police.
According to police, one of the officers fired two or three rounds at the animal, striking it on the ear.
The animal’s owner then gained control of the dog, at which point officers called San Francisco Animal Care to come intervene and treat the animal for its injury, police said.