An off-duty Albany police officer fired his weapon this morning in Colonie in an attempt to break up a dog attacking another dog, police said.
The officer fired the shot near the dogs after clearing everyone away from the Nelson Avenue attack, police said.
Neither dog was hit by the shot. But the shot led the attacking dog to break off the attack and go back to his house, police said.
By then, though, it was too late for the dog that was attacked. That dog was taken to a local animal shelter and euthanized because of its injuries, according to a press release issued by police Detective Sgt. Christopher Ruff.
The dog that attacked was also euthanized at its owner’s request. The owner gave it up to animal control to be put down.
The incident happened just before 9:30 this morning near 32 Nelson Ave. A woman was walking her dog on a leash there when another dog jumped a fence and attacked the dog being walked. The attacking dog also got out of a muzzle it was wearing and then attacked.
A number of bystanders tried to get the attacking dog off the other dog, but the attack continued. That’s when the off-duty Albany police officer in the area arrived. After realizing the other attempts to save the victim dog weren’t working, he cleared the area and fired his weapon.