Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Family upset after neighbor kills their dogs


The animals were shot by a neighbor after, police say, the dogs broke into his yard

Conner Aguilar says his grandmother's two pit bulls never hurt anyone, and they're not the same dogs that broke into the neighbor's yard last year.

Aguilar and his relatives removed one of the dead dogs from their yard Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the Aguilar's two dogs broke through the fence of the next door neighbor's yard and went after a puppy. The 17-year-old neighbor grabbed the puppy and officers say the dogs turned on him. The boy yelled for his father who ran outside with a shotgun and killed both of the Aguilar's dogs.

Conner Aguilar says the dogs were around children all the time and never showed aggression toward people or other dogs.

"I can't believe it. They're my cousins. They're part of my family. I couldn't believe it. How could he shoot innocent dogs just for trying to get in the backyard or something," said Conner Aguilar.

In April 2010, another one of the family's dogs broke into the neighbor's yard and killed a puppy. Aguilar's grandmother says she got rid of the dog she used to have.

We tried to talk with the neighbor who fired the shots, but no one was home.

Police say the neighbor legally owns the shotgun and no charges will be filed against him.

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