AUSTIN, Texas - An off-duty Austin police officer shot and killed a dog inside a pet store Wednesday night.
Police tell KVUE News APD Officer Leslie Lyons was working security at the PetCo store near Lakeline Mall.
They say a 16-year-old girl brought a pitbull on a leash into the store around 7:20 p.m.The dog got loose and attacked a maltipoo dog.
After trying to separate the animals, people inside the store asked the security guard to help. She made sure no one was close to the dogs, then fired her weapon, killing the pitbull.
The other dog survived and is being treated at a nearby animal hospital.
Neither dog has a known history of violence.
Austin police say Officer Lyons is under investigation, though APD's assistant chief says he does not believe she violated any of the department's policies regarding animals.