DARTMOUTH - Halifax police say eight people have been arrested in Dartmouth in the same area where a police officer shot a dog Sunday morning.
Six men and two women were taken into custody on Portland Street around 10 a.m. Sunday. A Halifax Regional Police spokesperson said they‚Äôre being questioned, but wouldn‚Äôt provide details on the nature of the investigation.
Seven of the people arrested are young offenders.
The arrests were in connection with a surveillance operation on Portland Street and came hours after an officer involved with the surveillance operation shot a dog.
According to a release from police, patrol members were watching a home in the 300 block of Portland Street - a mixed residential and commercial area roughly between Brenton Street and Lakefront Road - around 4:30 a.m.
The release states that two dogs ran from the property in question and charged a police officer on the street in front of the residence. The officer shot at the dogs three times, hitting one of them, and they ran back to the home.
A 911 call came in moments later from the residence about the shooting, and police officers on the scene took the dog and its owner to the emergency veterinary clinic in Burnside.
The dog is described as a ‚Äúbull terrier breed.‚ÄĚ There‚Äôs no word on its condition.