An Alton Police officer shot and killed an aggressive dog last week after the owner was unable to properly restrain it. The incident took place when the officer was responding to a separate call at an apartment in the 2900 block of College Avenue, and encountered a barking and growling pit bull. The owners of the dog call the action profiling.
A police spokesman says during the incident on July 3 the officer asked several times for the dog to be taken inside the owner’s apartment and when the dog was not restrained the officer felt the dog was becoming more aggressive and the dog was shot. One of the owners of the dog, Antoinette Skelton, says she was trying to get the dog inside but it got out. She questioned the police action because at the time of the shooting she was near the officer while holding her four-year-old son. Police say the pit bull was becoming aggressive and the shooting was necessary to protect the officer and others.