HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Harris County sheriff's deputies were called to the Bay Area Dog Park after a man shot a woman's dog several times.
The shooting occurred near Pasadena at the 7500 block of East Bay Area Boulevard around 10:29 a.m. Sunday, Harris County Sheriff's Officials said.
The man told investigators the pit bull was trying to attack his dog, and he was afraid it would turn on him.
But witnesses said it looked like the dog was a pit bull puppy.
"I just can't believe somebody would do that when the dog wasn't even being aggressive," said Melanie Merritt, who witnessed the man being placed in handcuffs by deputies. "He should be charged."
The dog was taken to an emergency vet clinic for treatment but it didn't survive.
The man claimed it was self defense and was released after questioning.
Monday the office released the following statement:
"The Harris County District Attorney's Office did not decline charges after yesterday's dog park shooting. (as reported by some media outlets) Sunday, our prosecutors asked Harris County Deputies at the scene, to turn this case over to detectives so that a thorough investigation can be done. The Sheriff's Office will bring their completed investigation to our office for review. We did not give them a deadline for the report. This is not uncommon. Most shootings where self-defense has been raised – a thorough investigation is ordered. After the investigation is done some of these cases are actually presented to a Harris County Grand Jury to decide if there should be an indictment."