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Owner: Pit bull killed was not aggressive

Posted at 2:41 PM, May 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 23:03:08-04

A dog was killed by a man in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

Around 1:15 p.m., a call came in from El Campo Grande Avenue and Perfect View Street, near Decatur Boulevard and Tropical Parkway. The dog was later shot at Tropical Springs Street and Tropical Cliff Avenue.

Police heard reports that two dogs got loose and attacked other animals and people. As the dogs continued running loose in the neighborhood, police said a neighbor fired a gun toward the dogs.

One dog was struck and killed after being shot at twice. The second dog was taken into custody by police using a catch pole.

13 Action News spoke to the man who shot and killed the dog. He's a disabled veteran who owns two dogs.

He said he felt bad about shooting the dog, but said that it had attacked his son.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Animal Cruelty Unit is still investigating whether they will press charges against the man.

13 Action News also talked with Darren Alcivar who owns the two dogs.

He describes 10-year-old Lucky as a lover, who looked after the other dog, his son, Lucky Jr.

"He loves playing with all the kids, we took him to the park and he was never aggressive or mean," Alcivar said.

Neighbor Andy Goetz tells a different story after his two dogs were attacked by the pit bulls Sunday.

"The big red dog was attacking [my dog] Abby," said Goetz. "I got him [Lucky] back out of the garage and shut the door and got my dogs to safety."

Lucky's owner was upset the dog was shot twice.

"Shoot him once, maybe, if he was barking or something, but to shoot them twice to make sure that's completely wrong," Alcivar said.