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Police shoot at dog attacking children at bus stop in SE Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland police are trying to find the owner of a dog they say attacked several people and tried attacking some children waiting at a school bus stop Thursday morning.

Neighborhood residents told FOX 12 they have seen the dog roaming around for the last several days, and that the animal seemed aggressive.

Police say the white pit bull bit a man who was trying to help a woman get away from it earlier Thursday morning.  Witnesses told police the dog had been jumping at the door of the woman’s home and forced the home to jump into a truck to get away from the animal.

Then around 8 a.m. it tried to attack the children, including a mother who was walking her 9-year-old son to the bus stop near Southeast 60th Avenue and Nehalem Street.

The mother kept the snarling dog away from her son and all of the other kids, and at one point the dog had a hold of her leg.

Officers shot at the dog, grazing it on the cheek to get it to let go of the woman.

Police say the dog suffered minor injuries from the police gun shot. Officers said the woman was not seriously injured.

School resource officers also went to Whitman Elementary School nearby to check in with the other kids who were at the bus stop during the dog attack to make sure they were okay.

Neighbor Dawn Donahue said she recently hand fed and took care of the dog for three days because she and her neighbors thought it was high on drugs.

“It couldn't sit. It couldn't walk. It couldn't stand. It couldn't drink water,” she said. “I mean it was literally spinning in circles and didn't know what to do.”

After the dog had recovered from that incident, Donahue said she let it go to animal control and believes it was then released back to its owner, who she says also lives in the neighborhood.

Donahue said while the animal was with her it wasn't aggressive at all.

“I loved the dog. The dog was wonderfully sweet and it's really a shame that someone had treated to dog like that,” she said.

Multnomah County Animal Services arrived and captured the dog. Anyone with information on the dog's owner should contact the Portland Police Bureau or Multnomah County Animal Services.

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