Police responding to a "disturbance" at a home in Mystic Island, New Jersey, shot a pit bull after the dog attacked the officers. Authorities said the incident took place Sunday.

Little Egg Harbor Township police said in a Facebook post that a pit bull ran out of the house and attacked one of the officers when they arrived at the scene. The dog then let go of the officer only to attack a second officer, who fired his weapon at the canine. Police said the dog was not injured after the shooting and was taken to Ocean County Animal Shelter.

The first officer who was attacked was treated at Southern Ocean Medical Center with a puncture wound and was released, police said, according to local media. 

It, however, remains unclear if the dog was released intentionally by the owners. Police are reportedly investigating the incident. 

In a separate incident late last month, a police officer in Vernon township shot a lab mix while responding to a report of an aggressive dog on the loose in a neighborhood. The dog charged at the officer when he encountered it. However, the owners said the officer didn't need to shoot it.

pit bull A pit bull in the menacing dogs area of the Henderson Animal Shelter in Auckland, New Zealand, July 27, 2016. Photo: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images