A U.S. Mint officer shot a pit bull in the leg Tuesday after it reportedly attacked three people then lunged at the officer.
The dog, named Blue, was on the loose near the U.S. Mint building on Hermann Street at Webster Street around 6 a.m. Tuesday when it attacked a woman with a cane. U.S. Mint spokesman Tom Jurkowski said the woman is an employee at the coin manufacturing facility and somehow managed to fight off the dog with her cane.
The pit bull then reportedly went after a homeless person and a jogger.
At some point, the U.S. Mint officer came across the scene and, feeling threatened when Blue lunged at him, shot the dog in the leg, Jurkowski said.
Another dog named Luna was also with Blue when the shooting happened. Both were taken into custody by an Animal Care and Control Department sergeant around 6:30 a.m at the request of the Police Department.
Police responded to the scene but refused to comment, deferring to the U.S. Mint.
Deb Campbell, an Animal Care and Control spokeswoman, said Blue’s shattered leg is being treated at an emergency veterinary facility. The dog was shot in the knee and its leg may have to be amputated.
Campbell said the dogs being taken into custody is common procedure during a police investigation. It’s unclear if Blue or Luna will be euthanized.