The Riley County Police Department says an aggressive dog was shot by officers early Monday morning.

Initially, dispatchers were told the pitbull had bitten a child. Upon arrival, police say the dog acted aggressive toward one of the officers, who then shot at the dog in defense. Animal control personnel attended to the injured pitbull, who was then transferred to the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center. The dog is expected to recover.

Police later determined the reporting party was under the influence of alcohol and that the reported the dog bite incident involving a child actually occurred a year prior. The child was confirmed to be safely sheltered in the home, and was unharmed.

RCPD says the incident was part of a domestic violence situation and no further details are being shared.

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