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Outrage in Austin: Cop Shoots & Kills Dog

Anger is growing in Texas and on the Internet over a police officer who shot and killed a pet dog.

Over the weekend an officer responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a house in Austin. The officer didn't know it at the time, but the person who called 911 to give the report provided the wrong address.

For some reason when Officer Thomas Griffin got out of his car, his weapon was drawn, confirms the Austin Police Department.

He came up against a man, Michael Paxton, and his dog, Cisco.

On audio from the dashboard cam, Griffin can be heard ordering Paxton to put his hands up and control the dog. But the dog came charging at Griffin, so he shot him. That part of the video was not released.

Paxton admitted that the dog did run towards Griffin.

“He did challenge him. He came out of the yard barking, running towards him, as he probably would for anybody,” said Paxton.

While police investigate, the story has taken off online. Nearly 40,000 people have "liked" a Facebook page called "Justice for Cisco" that Paxton started.

He wrote on Tuesday:

Good morning everyone. Another tough morning. Once again I woke up in the middle of the night and reached out for my Cisco, before I remembered that he is gone.

Yesterday was a whirlwind. I could barely keep up with all the calls, emails, texts from everywhere.

I want to give my sincerest thank you's to the local news channels for reaching out to me and offering support for Cisco. They have been instrumental in revealing the facts of this tragedy.

All of you that have "liked" this page have made this happen. I could never have gotten the word out alone. Your responses and support have warmed my heart. I can never thank you all enough for your support. It has been my strength at a time when things look hopeless.

Today is another opportunity to continue to spread the word and make things happen.

Lets keep this momentum going. 

I am going to move mountains for my sweet boy The Cisco Kid.

Here is the dashcam video:

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