Altoona city police killed what an officer said was an aggressive pit bull Saturday evening after a neighbor of the dog's owner called the police.
Cpl. Bill Boyles, who did not respond to the scene but was briefed on the incident, said two pit bulls were running loose in the area of Howard Avenue and First Street about 6:30 p.m.
After attempts to find the dogs' owner failed, Boyles said Sgt. William Gibbons struck one of the dogs with a Taser. Boyles said he assumed that is what killed the animal.
The dog's owner, Elbert Feagin, of 100 Howard Avenue, called the Mirror Saturday and said his dog, Apollo, was killed unnecessarily.
Feagin was not home when Apollo was killed. He said he has contacted a humane society and a lawyer.
Feagin said his other dog, Kela, was sleeping during a phone interview Sunday,
Police told him there was video footage of the incident, and he said he wanted to see it with his lawyer present.
Boyles could not be reached again Sunday to confirm if the incident was recorded.
Feagin said he and his girlfriend tried to take Apollo to a veterinarian after the incident, but the office was closed. He said his girlfriend tried to revive the dog and had tasted pepper spray on the animal.
Feagin believes police killed the dog because it was a pit bull. He doesn't believe his dog did anything wrong.
"I know that's why they did it," he said. "He's a loveable dog."
He said the dog used to jump out a window in the home to relieve himself outside when no one was there to take him out. Apollo was trained to protect their home, Feagin said.
"He did what he was supposed to do," he said.
Boyles could not say whether Feagin would face any charges. The matter is still under investigation, he said.
Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Clegg is at 949-7030.