A Miami officer shot and killed a stray dog Thursday afternoon in an attempt to protect himself, Officer Kenia Fallat said.
The large dog charged at the officer at about 4:25 p.m. while he was responding to a complaint about narcotic use near Northeast Third Avenue and Northwest 80th Street, Fallat said.
"In an attempt to protect himself, the officer was forced to discharge his firearm, striking the dog," Fallat said.
The dog, which was not wearing a collar, was taken to Knowles Animal Hospital, where it was pronounced dead.
The dog's breed has not been released.