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Jul 5, 2013 9:35 AM

Austin Officer Shoots Dog in Pet Store

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Austin police say an off-duty officer had no choice but to shoot a pit bull to death that was attacking a smaller dog at a pet store.

Police say off-duty officer Leslie Lyons was working security at a Petco store Wednesday when a 90-pound pit bull ran through the store dragging its leash after escaping its owner and attacked a Maltese, which was still on its leash.

Assistant Chief Steve Deaton tells the Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/1bbLqeh ) that the pit bull picked up the Maltese in its mouth and began to maul it.

He says Lyons cleared the area and fired one shot at the pit bull, which dropped the Maltese before going after it again. He says Lyons then fired a second shot that killed the pit bull.

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