Dayton dog shot by neighbor is in good condition

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Dayton dog shot by neighbor is in good condition

UPDATE @ 8:23 p.m. (Dec. 3):

The owner of Tank the dog said his dog was checked out by an animal control officer  and will see a veterinarian on Monday morning for further evaluation. 

Walker said the bullet went clean through his dog’s leg and did not strike bone.   

Tank is reportedly in good condition and was even walking on his injured leg Sunday afternoon. 

We will update you with the latest in this developing story. 

FIRST REPORT (Dec. 2)

The owner of a dog shot in the leg by a neighbor Saturday afternoon was cited for the dog getting loose.

A woman called police around 1:45 p.m. and said three or four shots were fired at her dog, which she described to dispatchers as a “non-aggressive pit bull,” according to a Dayton police report.

The police report states a neighbor was whistling to bring the dog into his yard, according to what the complainant told police.

When police responded to a home in the 400 block of Red Haw Drive, they found the family’s pit bull-American bulldog mix named Tank was shot in one of his right legs, with the bullet going all the way through.

The officers’ assessment of Tank coincided with the owner’s description of the dog’s demeanor.

"Tank was wagging his tail and was extremely friendly," an officer noted in the report. "While we were outside with Tank a neighboring cat came over. Tank did not chase or bark at the cat." 

A resident two doors down who shot Tank had a valid CCW permit. He told police the dog came into his yard and that he feared it would attack him or his two poodles. He said he fired two shots from about five feet away, and that the dog then ran away, the report stated.

The neighbor told police Tank is the offspring of a dog that two years ago killed his dog.

Tank’s owner Cameron Walker did tell this newsroom that Tank’s father had killed another dog in the past, but that Tank is not violent, which police on scene agreed Tank was friendly.

Tank had a valid dog license, but the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center cited Tank's owner for having a loose dog.

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