- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police say officers shot a family’s dog to death after it attacked a Philadelphia teenager and charged at the officers.

Police say the 14-year-old girl was at her home Saturday with some friends when a knock at the door startled the family’s American bulldog. The dog escaped from a locked basement and bit the girl in her face, arms and feet.

Police say the dog then charged responding police officers after her friends called 911. Police say the officers retreated and had to shoot the dog, killing it.

The girl has been hospitalized and is in stable condition.

Authorities are investigating.

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