MYSTIC — The Stonington police say they were forced to shoot a “pit bull-like” dog that attacked a woman and an officer at the Marriott Residence Inn on Route 27 Sunday afternoon. The dog was not killed.
Police said the woman was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London with serious injuries suffered as the result of the bites. The male officer was also treated at the hospital for minor injuries, according to police.
Capt. Jerry Desmond said the woman was attacked in the second-floor hallway of the 128-room hotel, which allows guests to have dogs. According to radio transmissions during the incident, when police arrived on the scene they found the dog’s keeper attempting to gain control of the animal while it was biting the woman. After the officer was bitten, Desmond said, he discharged one round from his weapon at the dog to stop the attack.
Christina Donovan, the Groton animal control officer, was on the scene to take the dog to a veterinarian for treatment. She was able to subdue the dog by using a noose pole, used regularly by animal control officers, to guide the animal out of the building.
Desmond said this morning that the incident is under investigation and he was unsure whether the dog ran out of its caretaker’s room or could not be controlled once it was in the second-floor hallway. The dog was being cared for by the owner’s relative, he said.
Desmond said the town of Stonington does not have a particular ordinance defining vicious dogs, but the department would follow state law in dealing with the situation, which was still being sorted out.
Connecticut’s dog bite law holds the owner or keeper of a dog at the time of injury liable for damages.