Officer Shoots Dog During Attack, Owner Cited

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Some scary moments for two Southern Colorado women and a police officer, reportedly attacked by a dog.

The dog attacked the women first, then turned his attention to the officer after he arrived on scene to help. The dog reportedly charged at the officer, who says he pulled the trigger out of self defense.

Police say the attack was caught on the officer’s dash cam.

Luellen Bearde said the incident started while she and a co-worker were walking through the Country Side Estates in Pueblo. The dog charged at her companion; Bearde sprung into action.

"I got between her and the dog with my dolly. I tried to protect her from the dog. He just kept coming at me at the same time with those vicious teeth,” Bearde recalled.

The duo got away and called 911 to let them know a dog was on the loose.

Police say the dog attacked the responding officer, prompting him to fire two shots. The bullets went straight into the street, scaring the dog away. The dog was not harmed.

The officer had a right to shoot at the dog out of self defense if he felt his life is threatened, police told 11 News.

The dog's owner, Robert Sulls, says he has a hard time believing his dog could have done something like that.

"If there was even a chance of her to be vicious, I wouldn't even have her,” said Sulls.

Sulls was not home for either attack, and says he was shocked when he heard the news. He says he trains all his dogs to be friendly, especially around kids.

“I have kids that can literally jump on them, play on them, do whatever, and they won’t even show their teeth,” said Sulls.

Sulls brought out the dog to show the two ladies that she was a friendly dog.

"Anyone one of these kids that are out here could probably walk up to her and pet her, and she would sit there just like a big baby and just love every minute of it,” said Sulls.

While Sulls says he has never had a complaint about his dog Sakira Rose before, now he is being asked to lock up the boxer-mix.

"I don't like putting dogs to sleep, but I think dogs should be on a chain when they are that vicious, especially when this trailer park is full of kids,” said Bearde.

Animal Control tells 11 News there were conflicting reports about whether it was the same dog who attacked the officer and the women.

For the attack on the women, the owner was issued a warning for having a potentially vicious dog. He could face a court case and/or a fine for the citation of the dog attack on the officer.

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