Dog Owner Speaks Out After Police Shoot and Kill Her Dog

- March 4, 2014 – A city resident is speaking out after Erie Police shot and killed her dog.

But, Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers defends the officers given the situation.

Erie Police shot and killed a rottweiler Saturday morning after reportedly being called to the neighborhood for reports of the dog charging at people.

But, some neighbors say that wasn't the case.

Titan was a 3 1/2 old rottweiler owned by Athena Bonfa.

Bonfa says she's devastated after her dog was shot by police, that she's started a Facebook page and is questioning why police would shoot her dog that she says was like a big lap dog.

Chief Randy Bowers says when officers arrived on scene, the officers tried to make contact with the dog, but the dog charged at one officer.

Chief Bowers says that's when the officer shot the dog, firing four shots.

Animal enforcement wasn't called Saturday, but Chief Bowers says they're only called if the circumstance allows it.

Chief Bowers says the dog charged and there wasn't time to call.

Meanwhile, witnesses tell a different story, saying the dog wasn't aggressive Saturday when the shooting happened.

The city has an ordinance that says dogs must always be on a leash.

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