By Brian Indrelunas, The Desert Sun
A Coachella police officer shot a dog that sent a 9-year-old girl to the hospital with a serious leg wound Tuesday night, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The pit bull or pit bull mix attacked two girls who were walking along Avenue 48 near Jackson Street, according to the department.
Paramedics took the 9-year-old with the leg wound to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. The other girl, a 12-year-old, had minor injuries and was driven to a hospital by a relative.
Police found the dog outside a nearby restaurant and tried to keep it under control while waiting for an animal control officer, but the dog attacked them, according to the sheriff’s department.
An officer shot the dog, injuring but not killing the animal, which was taken by the animal control officer who later arrived.
Police will conduct an internal investigation since an officer used a firearm.
The city of Coachella contracts for police services from the sheriff’s department.