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An off-duty Philadelphia police officer shoots and kills a pit bull as several dogs attack a woman in Kingsessing

An off-duty police officer shot and killed a pit bull Tuesday morning when that dog and two others attacked a woman in southwest Philadelphia, authorities said.

The attack happened around 10:40 a.m. on the 1500 block of South 58th Street in Kingsessing. The officer was in his personal car when he saw three dogs attacking the 52-year-old. The dogs’ owner, a 21-year-old man, tried to get the animals to stop biting the woman, police said.

The police officer fired several shots, hitting one of the dogs and ending the attack, authorities said.

The woman suffered bites on her leg, arm and head. She was taken to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

The shot pit bull was later found dead in the backyard of its owner, who gained control of a second dog but lost the third. The third dog had not yet been located as of Tuesday afternoon. The dog that was killed was picked up by Philadelphia Animal Care & Control.

Police are investigating the circumstances leading to the attack. The officer, who was not identified, is a two-year veteran of the department assigned to the 17th Precinct in South Philly. He has been placed in an administrative position pending the outcome of internal affairs and officer-involved shooting investigations.

This was the second time this month that a Philly police officer shot and killed a dog that had attacked a person.

On May 1, a 53-year-old man was attacked by three pit bulls and a cane corso near Fairmount Avenue and Union Street in Mantua. A police officer called to the scene first tried to deter the dogs with his cruiser’s siren. Video of that attack shows the officer then fired four shots at the dogs before the attack ended. The cane corso died, and that officer was also placed on administrative duty while the department investigated.

The man who was attacked was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.