A Denver police officer shot a dog Monday night after police attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a juvenile near Eighth Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in west Denver.

According to the department's Twitter feed, someone ordered the dog to attack the officer. 7News reported that it was the teenager who ordered the dog to attack.

The officer then shot the dog, and the teen left the scene.

The dog is alive and is being treated for the wounds, police said.

Witnesses told the television station that they heard five gunshots at the scene and that Denver Animal Control officers carried the dog away in a van.

Carlos Illescas: 303-954-1175, cillescas@denverpost.com or twitter.com/cillescasdp