An officer with the Upper Marlboro (MD) Police Department was forced to fatally shoot a dog that was attacking a 12-year-old child and another individual on Wednesday evening.

According to WTOP Radio, the dog broke free from its leash, charging at a woman and her own dog.

Responding officers attempted to subdue the attacking animal with less-than-lethal alternatives before resorting to shooting the dog.

The dog was transported to nearby veterinary clinic for treatment and later euthanized.

The child was sent to the hospital with several bite wounds and injuries that were not life-threatening.

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