Wake Forest police shoot 2 dogs after people attacked

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The Wake Forest Police Department says officers shot two dogs Tuesday morning after two residents were attacked. (WTVD)

The Wake Forest Police Department says officers shot two dogs Tuesday morning after two residents were attacked.

It happened just before 8 a.m. when two older women out for their morning walk said a pit bull and a Labrador mix came after them.

Police said the officers tried to capture the animals, but they just became more aggressive.

One was shot in the Gateway Commons parking lot. The second dog was tracked by officers across the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/N.C. 98 Bypass, through Traditions and along East Wait Avenue before it was shot at 8:45 a.m. in the vicinity of the New Hope Apartments.

Police said both animals died instantly.

"This was a very scary situation for those who were threatened or attacked by these dogs," said Police Chief Jeff Leonard. "This was an unfortunate incident, but both dogs were extremely aggressive. We never want to have to shoot a dog, but in this case our officers had no choice."

The case has been transferred to Wake County Animal Control for a follow-up investigation.

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