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Three dogs are dead after early morning incident in Harrisburg

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Aftermath from a vicious morning remained on a front porch in the 1600 block of N. 4th St. Police said two pit bulls got loose from their backyard and attacked a neighbor's 10-year-old Chihuahua, which later died from injuries.

Police responded to the 300 block of Hamilton St. where the dogs became aggressive towards a passerby. The dogs then turned their teeth on officers.

Linda Rooks who lives across the street said she heard the commotion.

"I heard a gunshot," she said. "I seen them up there in the yard. I didn't know what was going on...'cause my daughter was scared to go out to work."

Police said an officer shot and injured one of the pit bulls. The owner surrendered both dogs to Harrisburg Animal Control where they were later euthanized. Police said nobody was seriously injured.

"Sometimes pit bulls turn on people," said Rooks. "It's really sad."

William Stanley who lives in the neighborhood said dogs often run free.

"When they let their dogs go off their leash, things happen," Stanley. "Unfortunately, it could've been a kid….[T]hey should be more responsible."

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