Police officer shoots threatening dog

Published On: Aug 06 2012 01:16:45 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 06 2012 05:20:38 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

A police officer shot a dog on Monday.

When Antoinette Johnson came to drop her son off at her mother's house on Oxford near 43rd in north Houston, she said something stood in her way.

"They were so big. There were two of them -- two pit bulls," said Johnson.

Johnson's mother was trapped inside the house and was unable to go to work. Johnson could not get inside.

"The dogs are always out running around. I felt like I was in danger. The dog was charging me, so I grabbed this piece of the glass table and I lunged back at him," said Johnson.

Johnson's mother called 911 and, according to police, when an officer arrived, one of the pit bulls would not back down.

The officer felt threatened and fired one shot, hitting the dog in the eye.

"The owner came out and said, 'Why did you shoot my dog?' The officer said, 'Because he almost attacked your neighbors and he tried to attack me,'" said Johnson.

According to police, the owner was cited. The dog was taken to the hospital. He is expected to be OK.