A family came home to find their dog nearly dead after being shot three times by a police officer.
The police officer involved says the dog attacked him and he shot it in self-defense.
On Friday Max, the pit bull, got loose while his owners ran out on a quick errand.
A neighbor, who called police, says he tried using his lawnmower to control the dog while he waited for police to arrive. In a statement from the Plymouth Police Department, the officer says the dog charged at him three times. As a result, the officer shot the dog.
The owners don't understand how Max could pose a threat since he is usually so friendly.
Owner Christopher Williams says, “The humane society came and got the dog no problem. The dog didn't come at them. They got in their vehicle and they took it. I'm trying to figure out why the police had to shoot the dog.”
Both police and the dog owners said the dog had just been released from the humane society before the shooting. Max had to be taken in after he got loose a day before he was shot.
Also this was the second time Plymouth Police were called out to the neighborhood to control the dog this spring.
Meanwhile the dog is on painkillers and needs surgery to remove at least one bullet.