A Columbus police officer shot at least one dog on the city's east side after a Columbus couple was allegedly attacked by the animal Friday evening.
According to police, an offer responded to the area of East Rich Street and Lilley Avenue on a report of a dog attack.
The responding officer fired at the attacking dog and stopped the attack.
Claude Holloway and his wife Deborah say they were walking down the street to the convenience store when they noticed a girl, approximately 11-years-old in a yard struggling with a group of dogs. According to the Holloways, there were a total of six dogs, two of whom were pit bulls.
Deborah Holloway said the pit bulls were attacking a puppy and that the child was trying to stop the attack while the other four dogs stood in the yard. Deborah said she picked up a stick and handed it to the child in an effort to help her. The couple says that is when somehow the fence door got loose and the dogs got out.
Claude Holloway says his first instinct was to protect his wife of 35 years.
"He was trying to bite me. And I swung at him. That's when I missed. That's when he bit me. The officer was just coming across the alley when he saw that. He come out of the car shooting. He didn't ask nothing. He just started shooting the dog," Claude Holloway said.
Claude Holloway suffered a bite on his hand and his wife suffered an injury to her leg. The couple was released from the hospital Friday night but both say they will have to return for a follow-up visit to the doctor for their injuries.
A deputy with the Franklin County Dog Warden's office said that a report was filed Friday night on the incident but that it was not yet available to the public. The office did not respond to a request for further information on the incident except to say that two dogs were involved.
NBC4 was unable to reach the owner of the dogs for comment.