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Officer shoots dog after several people attacked in Hicksville

Nassau County police on William Street in Hicksville

Nassau County police on William Street in Hicksville where three people were attacked by two German shepherd dogs on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

A pair of loose dogs attacked two women on a Hicksville street and a man inside a nearby home Friday afternoon, Nassau County police said.

A responding officer fatally shot one of the two German shepherds inside the home on William Street near Broadway Mall, police said. The other dog was captured and placed under the care of the Town of Oyster Bay.

The victims sustained minor injuries and were taken to a hospital, police said.

Det. Sgt. Bob Henry said the incident began shortly before 3 p.m. when the dogs escaped a Sackett Street house and attacked the women, ages 45 and 62, a short distance away at James Street and Newbridge Road, biting at their hands and faces.

The dogs then entered a nearby home through an open door that was occupied by three adults and four children, Henry said.

A 63-year-old man was bitten on the leg, according to police.

One dog ran outside through the rear of the house but was captured by Hicksville firefighters. The other dog, police said, remained in the living room, “acting aggressive and snarling,” Henry said.

An officer who entered the house saw the dog approaching a woman holding an 11-month-old child and stepped in front of the dog to protect them, police said. The dog lunged toward the officer, who opened fire.

Police said the owner of the dogs, Chiranjeev Roddey, was cited for having unlicensed dogs and failing to control them. Roddey could not be reached for comment.

With Joan Gralla

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