Pit bull attacks Delaware police dog

"Monty" is a 6-year-old German Shepard on the New Castle County police force (photo courtesy of New Castle County Police)

A New Castle County police dog is recovering after being attacked by a pit bull in a local park.

“Monty” a 6-year-old German Shepard with the New Castle County Police Department suffered minor injuries when he was attacked by a gray pit bull while officers were responding to a call in Sellers Park on Monday.

Police were checking on the property behind the community of Pennrose, after reports that homeless people were living in tents in the park.

Officers tased the pit bull after it emerged from a tent and began attacking Monty. The pit bull was then shot by officers after it regained footing and attempted to go after the police dog again.

The pit bull was euthanized and the owner of the dog has been notified of the incident. Monty was taken to a local animal hospital where he was treated and released.

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