Dog shot and killed in Colorado Springs as the animal was reportedly attacking someone

KKTV 11 News at 4 (Recurring)
Published: Aug. 26, 2020 at 8:27 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A story out of Colorado Springs Wednesday night may be a tragic reminder to the rest of the community when it comes to keeping your pets under control.

The incident is still under investigation, but early on police believe a dog attacked a couple walking in a neighborhood on the northeast side of the city. The reported dog attack happened along Mustang Rim Drive in an area near Marksheffel Road and Dublin Boulevard.

The owner of the dog, Chris, tells 11 News reporter Olivia DaRocha he adopted the 3-year-old Pitbull off of Craigslist just hours before this incident. He was not told of any behavior issues at the time of the adoption.

On Wednesday Chris says he was getting the mail down the street, when he heard loud screams from down the road. He began to walk towards his home- that’s when he heard gunshots.

Neighbors said the Pitbull attacked two people walking by the home with their two dogs. They tried to get the dog to stop attacking- even tried tazing the dog- but nothing was working. They ultimately had to shoot the dog.

The Pitbull died on the scene- but owner Chris says he does not blame the neighbor for his actions and he would have done the same thing.

It still isn’t clear if the owner of the animal or if the neighbor who shot the dog will face any charges.

The Pikes Peak Humane Society says before adopting any animal- it is so important to know where the animal is coming from and to do research on the breed. Also, fencing around a house is key for any newly adopted pet to prevent any mishaps.

Colorado law requires that all animal bites to humans or pets be reported.

Click here to report an animal bite.

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