The Wichita Police Department is investigating after an officer was bitten by a pit bull.
At around 7:45 a.m., officers responded to a burglary-in-progress call at a home in the 4400 block of East Boston. A resident called 911 and reported hearing unusual noises.
Two officers arrived and the resident opened the door. At that time, a pit bull ran out and bit one officer on the leg. The officer required stitches.
The second officer fired one shot at the dog, striking it.
The dog then fled and was later located by an animal control officer. The dog was taken to an emergency vet for medical care.
The resident was not able to provide shot records of the dog. According to standard procedure, the dog will be quarantined for approximately 10 days.
Police said there was no evidence of a break-in at the home, and no arrests have been made.
Residents in the neighborhood said they’ve experienced a dog problem for awhile now. Several neighbors told KSN they have been chased by dogs in the area before. One mother said she often carries a stick when walking because she’s afraid she will be attacked by one of the neighborhood dogs.
“When I do come out, they’re usually outside with the dogs, but they don’t stop the dogs or anything from coming at you,” said one resident who did not want to be identified.
He said he’s not surprised something like this happened.
“A lot of people don’t go down there because of the dogs,” he said. “They don’t keep dogs on leashes like they’re supposed to or even inside.”