The owner of a dog that attacked three children before it was shot and killed by a Killeen Police Department officer Wednesday was issued two citations in connection with the incident.

KPD spokeswoman Carroll Smith said the dog’s owner was cited for having a “dog at large” and for failure to provide rabies vaccination verification. Smith said she did not know the owner’s name.

The dog, described as a “Malinois shepard mix,” was chasing children in the 5600 block of Elk Ridge Court, police said.

The dog bit and tried to drag at least one of the children before the officer shot it.

Killeen resident Jennifer Mendoza said she witnessed the attack. “When I was leaving work around 6:10 p.m. I heard the children yelling and saw the dog attacking the girl,” Mendoza wrote in an email to the Herald on Wednesday.

Mendoza said neighbors and other adults tried to help, chasing the dog away.

Eventually, they were able to get the children inside before police arrived.

“As soon as they got out of their vehicle, the dog charged at them as well,” Mendoza wrote. “At this point the dog was shot.”

Smith said three children were injured.

Two were sent to Seton Medical Center Harker Heights and released later that night.

The third child, a girl, was sent to McLane’s Children’s Hospital Scott & White in Temple.

Police did not release her name or her condition Thursday.

Mendoza said the girl is 6 years old. | 254-501-7568

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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