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UPDATE: Questions remain after family dog shot in backyard

Police release video of dog being shot in backyard
Posted at 2:36 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 09:54:08-04

UPDATE AUG. 8: There are questions surrounding what led up to the deadly shooting involving Las Vegas Police and a pit bull last month. One animal advocate says the shooting and the circumstances are alarming.

UPDATE 11 P.M. AUG. 7: The Las Vegas family whose dog was shot and killed by police says their family is not the same.

“They messed up our family, now nothing’s the same,” says Precilla Veasquez.

The dog’s family is speaking out, and believe the shooting was far from justified.

The family has identified the dog as Marley, who they’ve had for the past three years.

“No matter what dog, what breed, any dog would have done the same thing when you’ve got strangers in your backyard... what is a dog going to do,” says Sergio Quientero.

The family saw the police body camera footage Wednesday and say they want justice.

“You guys think that he’s just a dog, but to us he’s not a dog he’s our family, he’s my baby,” says Velasquez.

Police were investigating a deadly crash on July 27 when the shooting happened.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police have released body camera footage connected to a pit bull being fatally shot in a yard near Sahara Avenue and Nellis Boulevard.

It all began with a fatal crash, which was later determined to be suicide, in the 2200 block of Cascade Street on July 27.

During the investigation, the police officers went into the backyard of a house near the crash in an attempt to contact the residents of the house.

In the video, the dog can be seen responding to their presence in the yard and charging at them. The police officers appear to try and stop the dog with a pole and a noose. However, the dog continues to charge and one of the officers opens fire.