June Tucker's 5-year-old pit bull, named "Repo," is in an animal hospital with two bullet wounds. He was shot by an Overland Police Department officer near Mary Ridge Park Monday night.

"He just doesn't deserve to be shot and just to leave him on the porch to bleed to death," said Tucker.

Tucker said she took her dog out for a walk around 10:30 p.m. using a belt as a leash. But she said the dog got spooked and pulled the leash out of her hand and ran off. Tucker said she went back in the house and thought her dog would return soon.

At the same time, Overland police officers were searching the neighborhood for a prowler.

"It was like, maybe fifteen seconds and that's when you hear boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," said Tucker.

According to Overland Police Chief Michael Laws, the pit bull came running from a dark area and attacked the department K-9, named "Tzar."

"And according to the witnesses we interviewed and the officers who were there, had him by the throat and had him pinned to the ground," said Laws.

Chief Laws said the K-9 was able to break free and the pit bull backed up, but then the pit bull started coming at the K-9. Laws said that's when the officer shot the dog.

"I was a K-9 officer years ago and we're all dog lovers. So we hate to see anything like this happen but we also have to defend our property and our animals. The dog is a part of our department, a valuable member of our police department," said Laws.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical expenses for Repo.

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