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Dog Shot by Police Returns Home; Leg Has Been Amputated

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

September 2, 2012

China, the pit bull who was shot by an Albemarle County police officer on Monday, has been released from the vet but has lost one of her legs.

Her owners are still wondering how the whole situation transpired.

China, a 2-year-old dog who was released from the vet on Friday, has had a tough week since Monday's events when she was shot in the leg by a police officer after reportedly attacking another dog.

Her owner, who wishes to be identified as C.W., and his girlfriend say they've been around pit bulls their whole lives but has never experienced one harm a person.

"My dad bred pit bulls when I was younger and my whole family has been connected to them," he said. "My whole family's got these dogs. As you can see, the dog -- she's a baby."

They said they did not even know if she was alive at first after they heard gun shots behind their house on Monday.

"The officer never even had the decency to let me know she was still alive, even after seeing me throw myself to the ground and start crying," Lauren Fox, C.W.'s girlfriend, said.

They both say China has been to doggy day care. They say she's been around the whole family and has always been friendly and loving.

"Anyone who doesn't believe, you're more than welcome to come see," Fox said.

"We're going to miss the ability of the dog to move around. It's just not going to be the same with her three legs," C.W. said.

Albemarle Police say the officer who fired the gun is still on active duty, but the situation is under review.

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