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Zillah police shoot and kill loose pit bull

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Zillah, Wash- As Kendra Ott made her way home on Wednesday, Zillah police had her dog surrounded. Her sixty eight pound red nose pit bull, Bruiser, escaped from her home. It then barked and growled at a neighbor who called the police.

Animal control tired to capture it but were unable to grab Bruiser, even with a capture pole. Police arrived and decided that the loose dog should be put down.

When Ott arrived home, she was angry. "He's a family dog," said Ott, "he's never been aggressive." She says police had no reason to kill her dog.

But Zillah Police Chief Dave Simmons disagrees. He says the dog was loose, and had lunged at several people. In addition, it was running wild close to an elementary school, where children were outside playing.

He says its unfortunate the dog was killed but police had little choice.