On Thursday night, a six-year-old boy’s dog was shot and killed by a man who was walking his Akita puppy in Surprise, Arizona, reported ABC 15 News. The shooter, identified as 56-year-old Matthew Tardy, told the authorities that his dog was attacked by the boy’s dog, described as a pit bull; Tardy alleges that he feared for his own dog’s life.
The family of the deceased dog has shared an alternate version of the tragic incident which claimed their pet’s life. According to the owner of the nine-year-old pit bull, whose name was “Max,” just prior to the shooting, the family had set out to walk to a nearby park. Not far from home, the boy’s mother stopped to say hello to a neighbor…the child and dog walked ahead while she watched from her yard.
Shortly thereafter, Max and the child encountered the man with the Akita…and then, shots rang out. The child’s mother wrote about what transpired on Facebook – she described what she saw, “He had pinned Max to the ground and had his knee on Max’s head. He pulled out a gun, held it to Max’s head and shot him at point blank range.” She added, “IN FRONT OF MY KIDS!!!! IN A PUBLIC PARK! There was absolutely NO fighting!!! EVERY witness swears that the dog was only sniffing the puppy when the puppy got aggressive and bit my son who was trying to grab Max’s leash.”
The incident remains under investigation.
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