Pittsburgh Police from Zone 6 responded to the 3200 block of Middletown Road just after 6:30 a.m. for a possible shots fired call.
Officers were updated en route that an off-duty Pittsburgh Police officer walking his dog was attacked by a loose pit bull. After yelling at the dog to stay back, it continued to come at him aggressively and the officer shot the animal in the paw.
The dog ran back to its home in the same block.
The officer and his dog were not injured.
The Mobile Crime Unit arrived on scene and took photos of the incident location. Police spoke with several witnesses. Animal Care and Control spoke with the owner of the pit bull who did not have a proper permit or shots for the animal.
Animal Care and Control will be filing multiple citations against the pit bull owner.
Tonight, the City-County Building is illuminated to recognize Poison Prevention Week and the 50th Anniversary of "Mr. Yuk" in partnership with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
For questions about the lighting at the City-County Building, please reach out to the Office of the Mayor.