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Family upset dog shot, killed during incident

Posted: 11:35 AM, Jul 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-20 17:38:33-04

An Omaha family wants to know why their dog was killed, and say it didn't happen the way police portray it.

The evening of July 12 officers respond to a shots fired call near 9th & Frances St.  They located a 17-year-old with a gun running from a detached garage.  Police say when they took him into custody and secured the firearm when several people came out of the garage.  Reports indicate when they were detaining the other men a large Pitbull came out in an aggressive manner and a detective shot it in the head because he was worried it would attack him.

Miguel Avalos, the dog's owner, says 1-year-old Carnitas wasn't acting aggressive and shouldn't have been shot.

"I just want to know what was going on, why did you guys kill my dog.  The officer or the sergeant said it was protocol, that was their protocol," Avalos explained.

Avalos says he respects police and the job that they do, but in this situation they went too far.

OPD says the officer shot the dog while he was backpeddling and the dog was charging him.

Miguel's brother was detained in the incident and held in jail for almost 5 days before being released and not charged with a crime.