Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, said they shot a 7-month-old pit bull puppy named Rocky because the family pet charged at them.
The Rios family, which owned Rocky, was shaken by the shooting, which happened after the family moved into a once-vacant home and family members were mistaken for burglars.
"I don't know why they did this to me. Now I'm afraid to go back to the house,” Karen Rios told WSB-TV. The family was not present at the time of the shooting.
The unnamed police officer said the dog rushed towards him and then began circling around. Rocky then allegedly bit the officer in the pants and leg; the officer responded by shooting at the dog twice while his partner fired a shotgun once. Rocky died at the scene.
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According to a police report, the officer had some holes in his pants, but no puncture wounds. Scrappy, the family’s other dog, and Rocky were taken to Gwinnett Animal Control. Scrappy wasn’t hurt in the incident and a detective has not been assigned to the case as police believe the shooting was justified.
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