Friday, October 15, 2010

Erie man questions police's use of force in shooting dog

By Tim Hahn, Erie Times-News

An Erie man whose dog was shot by city police on Wednesday night is questioning the use of such force.

Jose Romero said this afternoon that his 2-year-old pit bull, Choka, had never attacked or threatened anyone. He said he doubts the story of neighbors who said they were bitten and threatened by the dog on Wednesday afternoon.

A city police officer who responded to the complaints on Wednesday night shot the dog in the 400 block of East Seventh Street after the animal started coming after the officer, Erie police Lt. Kirk Werner said.

"I would rather pay a fine or spend a couple of months in jail than have them kill my dog," Romero said. "It's just wrong, uncalled for."

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