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Family upset after Hays County Officer shoots, kills dog

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A Hays County Officer shoots and kills what he believes is an aggressive dog. Now the family says their lives were put at risk.

Authorities were called out to a home in Dripping Springs after getting a report of an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The property owner asked for help but says his dog was killed instead.

Family and friends say 5-year-old Doja was just protecting his home when he was shot.

"It was terrifying because these are the people that are supposed to be protecting us. He obviously, if he can't react properly to a dog than how is he going to react properly to you know, somebody else," said Dayla Underwood, family friend.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office says early Sunday morning they were called out to the 300 block of Harmon Hills Cove in Dripping Springs. There was some type of dispute between the property owner and a tenant. The two responding officers say they were allowed inside the home to further investigate but a pit bull that was not secured began growling.

"Of course we would have taken the dog to the back bedroom if we were aware that he was about to come inside but we weren't, so we didn't have a chance to take him to the back bedroom. He was contained because he was inside and the officers were outside," said Underwood.

The pit bull reportedly charged at the officers. In response they say they kicked the dog in an effort to make him stop, but it was unsuccessful.

"He didn't kick the dog and in both press releases they said that they tried to get the dog off by kicking. They didn't give the homeowner a second to get his dog and they just shot him," said Underwood.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office says the dog continued to get more aggressive. It took two shots to reportedly stop Doja. Family and friends say it happened in a matter of seconds, putting their lives at risk.

"He reacted in a moment of panic. He obviously didn't have a clear mind on what he was doing. So if he would have failed to hit the dog, it would have went straight through the trailer house and straight to me," said Underwood.

Underwood says she was directly behind the dog and there were several others in the same room. A situation she doesn't want anyone else to go through. The family says they are considering taking legal action.

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