A police officer shot a vicious guard dog terrorizing the streets of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill on Sunday.
The officer, Sean Rogers, shot a large Rottweiler once on Willoughby Street near the Pratt Institute after several 911 calls around 1:30 pm about two stray hounds frightening the populace.
Rogers told The Brooklyn Paper that the dog, weighing more than 120 pounds, survived — at least initially — and was being treated by the city Center for Animal Care and Control. But a report on Sunday afternoon by The New York Times blog The Local cited police sources stating that the canine was greene.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/officer-kills-vicious-loose-dog/#comments">killed instantly.
The animal control center did not respond to repeated calls from The Brooklyn Paper in time for its rabid online deadline.
Police stalked the powerful pooch through the neighborhood, cornering it in a parking lot several blocks from where the first complaint pinpointed the beast.
Rogers, who had never fired his gun in the line of duty before, said he had no choice but to shoot the cur as it charged at him.
“The dog was clearly angry,” he said. “It could have mauled you.”
He discharged a single bullet from his gun into the mongrel, pumping hot lead into the Rotty’s shoulder.
The second dog was subdued by a tranquilizer, according to police sources.
The police believe the aggressive animals escaped from a nearby construction site.