A Storm Lake police officer Thursday shot a rotweiler after the animal attacked a letter carrier and another officer.
On the morning of Thursday, Sept. 29 at approximately 11 a.m. the Storm Lake Police Department was dispatched to the 1000 block of North Seneca St. in reference to a vicious dog.
Police were asked to respond by a Storm Lake fire fighter who observed a large rotweiler dog chasing a mail carrier.
Upon arrival of police they observed a large rotweiler standing in the yard at 1137 Seneca St. Police observed no collar and no tags on the animal. Police observed the animal to be aggressive to them as they approached it. As a police officer was attempting to contact neighboring homes to determine the owner of the dog the animal lunged towards the officer. A second police officer then shot and killed the dog with his sidearm.
After destroying the animal police further learned the dog had attempted to bite the occupant of 1137 N. Seneca St. earlier in the morning. Further police were aware that the animal had been running around the Storm Lake High School around 6 a.m.
Police learned that the dog was owned by Juan Rios of 908 N. Walnut St. The owner did not know that the animal had escaped his fenced-in backyard. There were no injuries.