SAN LEANDRO -- A police officer shot and killed a dog that had acted aggressively toward an 11-year-old boy on Saturday, authorities said.

Officers were sent to the 2600 block of Darius Way at about 10 a.m. to investigate a report that two German shepherds were running loose and had bitten the boy, according to police.

They found the boy with bites to one of his legs, and the found the dogs in a nearby yard. The dogs had also acted aggressively toward landscape workers, police said.

With the assistance of an animal control officer, police were able to apprehend and quarantine one dog, but the other jumped at an officer. The officer then fired a fatal shot, police said.

The boy's injuries were not considered to be serious.

"It is very unfortunate that the officer had to shoot the dog to prevent from being attacked and to protect others from being attacked," San Leandro police Lt. Robert McManus said in a statement. "We encourage everyone to ensure that their dogs are always secured in their homes or yards when unattended, as doing so will prevent incidents such as this."

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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