Dog killed in November had history of aggression, according to report
The pit bull that El Paso Police shot and killed in November had a history of aggression.
As CBS 4 reported, four animal control officers had to call police for back-up when they couldn't get a loose pit bull under control in mid-November. Officers ultimately fired their weapons, killing the dog. A bullet ricocheted off the cement and struck an animal control officer in the leg.
An animal control report states the dog was loose and bit a man in September.
Armando Bustamante told CBS 4 he was walking in the neighborhood near Del Valley Elementary School when he was bit in the leg.
"He came out of nowhere and attacked me from behind," Bustamante said. "I kept hitting him and hitting him, but I couldn't break his bite.
Bustamante said there was nothing holding back the dog.
"He was completely loose. He was not restrained at all," he said.
Bustamante filed a report with animal control and was told the owner would be issued a citation and required to impound the dog.
A spokesperson for animal control said they followed up the day after the bite and the owner had not followed the impound order. Ten days after the bite, the animal control report states the dog still had not been impounded.
The case has since been turned over to the court system, as the owner did not follow the impound order, according to the spokesperson.
Bustamante said he wishes there was more that could have been done before the dog was shot in November.
"I just wish animal control would have followed up and maybe this would have prevented these police officers from putting their safety on the line and an animal control officer being shot inadvertently," Bustamante said.
The El Paso Police Department's shooting review team is still investigating the shooting of the dog.