Owner Says Police Unnecessarily Shot Dog


UPDATED: Thursday May 10, 2012 10:48 PM

A dog owner Thursday was distraught because police said that they were forced to shoot her pet.

According to the owner, Amber, who did not want to use her last name, police showed up at her south Columbus home thinking there was a domestic dispute.

The dispute ended up being at the house next door, 10TV’s Justin Moss reported.

According to police, when a man answered the door at the house, a 5-year-old pitbull ran outside at the officer.

The officer said that he was forced to shoot the dog.

“It’s an elevated porch,” Columbus police Lt. Dave Hughes said. “The officer took a couple of steps back, when the dog was coming at him, and he shot twice. The dog was basically right at his feet.”

Amber said that the man was holding their dog by its collar.

“He said the dog did not bark but came directly at him in an aggressive stance,” Hughes said.

The officer who fired shots was uninjured by the dog, Moss reported.

Amber said that the dog had to be put down.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, but we’re glad our officer didn’t get hurt, and we’re sorry that the dog had to be shot, but sometimes these things do happen, unfortunately,” Hughes said.

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