KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities have identified the owner of a dog that was shot and killed by a Kalamazoo Public Safety officer while it was biting a man.
Authorities say they received a tip from a citizen who saw the report on the news. Officers say because of this tip, as well as further investigation, they identified the owner as a 62-year-old Kalamazoo man.
The attack happened on July 27 in the 700 block of Egleston Avenue, west of Portage Street. Witnesses told the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety that a 60-year-old man was riding his bicycle when the dog attacked him.
KDPS said in a release that when an officer arrived within minutes of a 911 call, he found the man trying to fight off the dog, which was biting his arm. Police said the man and dog were “covered in blood.”
The officer had to shoot the dog to stop the attack, KDPS says, and the animal died.
The 60-year-old man was hospitalized with several severe injuries.
Authorities say a criminal case against the owner is being forwarded to the Kalamazoo City Attorney for review.