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Man Shoots Neighbor’s Pit Bull After It Attacks His Dog

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Rick Sallinger talks with Robert Delarosa (credit: CBS)

Rick Sallinger talks with Robert Delarosa (credit: CBS)

EVANS, Colo. (CBS4) – A pit bull shot and killed near Greeley has caused problems before. This time a neighbor shot the animal when it attacked his dog.

The Evans man who shot the dog won’t face any charges, but the owner of the pit bill will face charges because the animal has had many run-ins with the law.

The dog, named Deuce, was a good dog gone bad, according to his owner, Robert Delarosa.

“He got into an incident with a little coyote in the back yard,” Delarosa said. “Ever since then he started attacking every little dog.”

Deuce apparently jumped his fence and attacked a neighbor’s dog.

“I witnessed it. It happened right in front of me. I (saw) him shoot the dog,” neighbor Ruben Mengia said. “I felt it wasn’t right. I felt something else could have gone on instead of just shooting it right away.”

Deuce’s criminal record includes a capture running loose, attacking a beagle and woman, another dog and its master, and now the latest attack.

Evans has no ban on pit bulls like some other towns.

“It’s not really been a topic of discussion in council since I’ve been here. I don’t know that we have had significant problems with pit bulls,” Evans Police Chief Rick Brandt said.

Delarosa will end up going to court over the matter. He said he probably would have also shot the dog if he was in his neighbor’s shoes.

“Yeah I probably would have done same thing, he had no choice,” Delarosa said. “I wish I would have been there. I would have broke it up.”

Delarosa faces charges of unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog.

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