SF Police Officer Shoots Dog Near Westfield Mall

Police in San Francisco on Wednesday shot a dog in the area of Fifth and Market streets, near the Westfield shopping center, the police department confirmed.

The dog, reportedly a pit bull that was unleashed, was showing aggressive behavior and charged at an officer, police said. The officer retreated and fired on the dog, injuring it.

The dog was taken to the hospital by San Francisco Animal Care and Control officers, where it had to be euthanized.

Witnesses reported police arrested the dog's owner at the scene, and video showed officers leading a man away in handcuffs.

The incident is not considered an officer-involved shooting but rather a weapons discharge, a ppolice spokesman said.

Officers are continuing to investigate, according to police.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call the police tipline at (415) 575-4444 or to text a tip to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the beginning of the message.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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