EUCLID, Ohio — A local pet store is speaking out after a dog died Monday after being shot by a Euclid police officer.
Officers responded to a call of a dog complaint from a home in the 300 block of Lloyd Road in the early hours of the morning. A man told police that two 'vicious' pitbulls attacked him and tried to bite him. He was able to hold them off with a broom handle and then phoned police.
When officers arrived at the home of the dogs' owner, the pitbulls began barking, then charged at police. The officers tried yelling 'get back' to the dogs to scare them away, but when one lunged at a patrolman, it was shot in the chest.
Police discovered that the dogs were owned by Derrell Moore, who raced to the scene about 10 minutes after the shooting. Officers noted that Moore's eyes were extremely bloodshot and glassy, adding that he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and his speech was also slurred.
According to police, the dog was shot in self defense.
However, a local pet store is telling a different story.
Moore Pet Supply posted to its Facebook Page, saying the dog was shot on their property and "only wanted to play and was not a vicious dog." The post claims that the dog, named Musa, was only nine months old.
The post has quickly garnered the attention of many on social media. At the time of publication, the post has more than 100 comments and nearly 100 shares.