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APD accused of shooting dog in East Austin

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A woman says Austin Police shot her dog, while he was still on his leash in east Austin.

Brittany Miller, who lives in the 5000 block of Delores Avenue, says she called 911 Thursday because she thought someone broke into her house, instead of getting help from police though, she ended up with a dead dog.

"Papa", her red nosed Pit Bull, has been a member of her family for eight years.

"I'm just not understanding why they had to use that deadly force and they didn't have to," said Miller. "I called 911. She said ‘okay we'll send an officer right on out.' I sit outside and wait for about two hours, nobody shows up."

Information released by APD says an officer responding to the burglary call was walking around, checking the house, when he was attacked by Papa.

She says the officers said they knocked on the door, but she never heard anything.

"They say he fired from over here, but why would you fire from over here if my dog's right there? That doesn't make no sense," said Miller.

The grass in the yard is freshly stained.

"This is his leash, it doesn't go very far. And see this is where he was shot, because he was shot right here," said Miller as she showed FOX 7 the scene of the shooting. "He was an old dog too, that's why it didn't make no sense for them to shoot him"

According to an APD representative, Papa was taken to the city of Austin shelter for treatment, where he died from his injuries.

In April, another dog, Cisco, was killed by an APD officer. Due to the immediate public outcry, the police department has made some changes; police cadets are supposed to undergo a two hour training on aggressive dogs, other officers are supposed to take an online course.

When police are called out to a scene, dispatch is supposed to tell the officers if there is a history of an aggressive dog at the address. If there is, animal control should also be dispatched. If an officer shoots a dog they have to give a detailed reason why in their report, which is then reviewed by their supervisor and sent up the chain of command.

The policy went into effect in July.

"You could have just yelled at him and he would have stopped. He was a very loveable dog. I have a 2-year-old daughter that sits and plays with him all the time," Miller said.

Miller says the new policies didn't help save Papa.

"If you see he can't get that far, just step back, you don't have to shoot him," said Miller. "That was a helpless dog on a leash."

The officer received minor injuries but did not seek treatment.

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