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Dog Owner Upset Over Pit Bull Shooting

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A Millcreek man is speaking out tonight, after police shoot and kill his dog.

Joe Vitarelli said he was horrified after receiving the call....

His year-old pit bull Gage---who went missing for three days---was shot and killed by Millcreek Police.

The incident happened recently near the 2400 block of Loveland Avenue.  According to police, officers arrived at the scene to find the pit bull hanging from a tree by it's jaws.

That's when Vitarelli says police wrongfully shot his dog.

"He wasn't aggressive, he was biting a tree," said Vitarelli.  "He didn't harm anybody...he's never been aggressive towards anybody."

But according to Millcreek Police, an officer shot the dog after it displayed several acts of aggression.

"Unfortunately, it's one of those things that they decided that's what needed to be done for the safety of our people and themselves," said Millcreek Police Captain Scott Heidt.  "It's an unfortunate situation and we have to deal with it."

According to Captain Heidt, the dog growled and lunged towards officers, so lethal force was used.

"It's nothing that our officers like to do," said Captain Heidt.  "They have to look out for their own safety, as well as the safety of the residents the area, and that's the course of action they felt was necessary to control the situation."

Vitarelli says a group plans to protest outside of the Millcreek Police Department on Thursday.

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