Yadira Carbajal's beloved pit bull named Chato was shot dead by the Stanly County Animal Control in Albemarle for being loose and aggressive, but Carbajal said the dog was always sweet and played with her children reported Wednesday's thesnaponline.
Last Wednesday morning, the family's pit bull broke free of his leash and was reported to have been running loose in the neighborhood. He had chased someone onto their porch. When Stanly Animal Control arrived, the officer was not able to catch the dog who ran back to his own property.
Witnesses say the dog should not have been shot. Next door neighbor Josh Byrd stated:
“He was chasing him around with a stick in his hand. What’s the dog supposed to do? He could have probably caught him if he had put the stick down."
Animal Control however, says it was a different story. The officer involved stated Chato had been acting aggressively although not towards him, but in the manner of public safety, authorities could not continue to let an aggressive dog roam free.
Still witnesses couldn't understand why less drastic methods couldn't have been used to subdue the obviously scared dog.
Animal Control shot Chato five times stating the first shot was meant to kill as quickly as possible:
The original shot was a killing shot.The dog was retreating (after the first shot) and we wanted instantaneous death so the dog wouldn’t suffer.”
City ordinance requires dogs to be on leash when off their property.
According to wbtv.com, Stanly County Animal Control hopes that owners are responsible pet owners so this doesn't happen to another family or dog:
"People need to make sure their animals are restrained so these issues don't occur. We either protect animals from the public or protecting the public from loose and aggressive animals."
What do you think? Do you think Animal Control acted responsibly?
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