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Owner of pit bull shot by police plans to sue Metro

Owner of pit bull shot by police plans to sue Metro

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Jan 9, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas man says he plans to sue the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for the death of his dog, a 120-pound Bully pit named Bubba.

Victor Patino says Bubba was killed on Sunday, when one of several police officers investigating reports of gunfire in the two hundred block of Earl near downtown Las Vegas got into his backyard instead.

Patino admits his family has had run-ins with Las Vegas police in the past but says "We're not perfect, but that doesn't make it right for you to just go into someone's back yard and shoot their dog. Execute him. Simple as that.

LVMPD says 42-year old Sgt. William Wilson fired the single shot that killed Bubba because the dog charged at him.

Wilson remains on duty pending an internal police review.

Animal advocate Gina Greisen's group, Nevada Voters4Animals, plans to protest the shooting at the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign at 5:45 Thursday night, and plans another protest at LVMPD's headquarters at noon on Saturday.

Stay tuned to Action News for updates on this developing story.

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.