Animal rights group protest police shooting at famous Las Vegas sign

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Animal rights group protest police shooting at famous Las Vegas sign

CREATED Jan. 10, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Some tourists didn't exactly feel welcomed at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign Thursday night.

They were confronted by hand-written signs carried by animal rights activists that criticized the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and with a banner demanding justice for a 120-pound pound Bully pit named Bubba.

Some tourists were irritated. Others were stunned by a photo of Bubba lying in a pool of blood.

One advocate defended showing the photo by saying, "We need to let our tourists know to be aware of metro police. They kill"

The advocates, members of the Nevada Voters4Animals, don't feel Metro is being held accountable for officer involved shootings.

Metro says a police sergeant shot Bubba because the dog charged him.

The dog's owner, Victor Patino, insists Bubba would still be alive if officers investigating reports of gunfire in his neighborhood Sunday afternoon had knocked on his family's door before entering his backyard.

When asked if he thought the protest was harmful for Las Vegas' image, Patino responded "If it is.. it's not because of me. It's because of Metro. So, obviously, they need to be exploited."

Nevada Voters4Animals plans another protest at noon on Saturday at LVMPD's headquarters.