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Chandler Police officers shoot dog; family says it wasn't necessary
By Nicole Garcia, FOX 10 News
CHANDLER, Ariz. - A Chandler family is demanding answers from Chandler Police after officers opened fired on their dog killing it, even though it was in their own yard.
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That family is very emotional, and an internal investigation is launched after the officer killed the dog when it was fighting with another dog inside its fenced enclosure.
"I don't see again, his need to walk 12 feet from the sidewalk to an enclosure and shoot my dog," said Javier Robles.
Robles is 3-year-old Simone's owner, Simone is one of the familys pit bulls. She was inside the enclosure when the officer shot him. He said his 3-year-old daughter saw the shooting from inside the home, and now she is traumatized.
"She says that her doggie blew up, that she hates cop; she woke up having a nightmare last night saying that her doggie blew up, she's been crying all day," he said.
Chandler Police said they got two 911 calls about two dogs fighting. When they arrived they found one dog had the other dogs face in his mouth. The dogs were separated by the fence and when one officer could not separate the dogs using a baton the other officer shot Simone.
But Robles doubts the officers account of what happened. "It's physically impossible for a pit bull to fit its mouth threw that small opening, the blood, you see there and on the floor, is from the officer, you can even see brain fragments because the officer blew my dogs brains out. Right here, point blank," said Robles.
He recorded a confrontation with officers who refused to tell him why they shot his dog.
Robles says he has surveillance video of the shooting. Police could not say whether the dogs threatened the officers, neither officer was injured.
An investigation into the shooting is underway as is an internal investigation into the use of force by officers. The officer who opened fire, remains on duty during both investigations.