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Hartford, Vt. • Authorities in Vermont say an off-duty police officer shot and killed a pit bull that apparently attacked his dog at a dog park.

Police say Hartford police Officer Logan Scelza shot the dog Saturday at the Watson Upper Valley Dog Park in Hartford. They say Scelza's husky was apparently bitten in the throat by the pit bull. Witness Gabby Lamotte tells The Valley News that Scelza had a second husky there, too.

Police say Scelza's injured dog was treated and released from a veterinary hospital and is recovering at home.

Hartford Police Chief Phillip Kasten says it's not uncommon for officers to be armed while off-duty. He says Scelza has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by state police.