Man Shoots, Kills His Own Dog in Connecticut Park Over Fear It Would Attack Children: Cops - NBC New York

Man Shoots, Kills His Own Dog in Connecticut Park Over Fear It Would Attack Children: Cops

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    • A man shot and killed his own dog in a Connecticut park over the weekend because it attacked another dog and he feared it may go after kids

    • The dog the man's pet attack suffered serious injuries; it's owner was with his three children at the time. The kids were OK

    • The gun used was legally licensed by the man who shot his dog; the investigation is ongoing

    A man shot and killed his own dog in a Connecticut park because he feared it might attack some children, authorities say. 

    Police Capt. Ronald Smith says the man told officers that his dog, a pit bull that was not on a leash at the time, attacked and seriously injured another dog that was on a leash Sunday in Hamden. The owner of the hurt dog was also with his three children at the time. 

    Smith says the owner of the pit bull, who was not immediately identified, told police he was worried his dog might also attack the kids. So he pulled out a handgun and shot the animal, killing it. 

    Smith says the man was licensed to carry the gun. 

    The investigation is ongoing.

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