Police shoot dog, owner left with medical bills

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  It’s a story that got a lot of attention.

A tiny daschund named Razor saved his much bigger friend, a saint bernard named Jazzie, who was stuck in an irrigation ditch, but for owner Tim Chavez the reunion wasn’t complete.

“Sure we were excited, ecstatic to get our two back, but of course we were sad because there’s an empty space there, Layla’s not back,” said Chavez.

The family’s third dog, Layla, ran off with the other two, but she couldn’t be found.

“To be honest with you, I had given up home,” he said.

Until last week. Chavez got news his dog has been found, but he soon learned it wasn’t such a happy situation.

“I was pissed, very upset,” said Chavez.

Belen police said the dog had been living at another home in town for a couple of months.

When an officer went there to talk to a burglary suspect they say Layla started running toward him.

“He felt immediate fear for his personal safety,” said Belen Police Chief Dan Robb.

The officer fired at the dog, hitting Layla in the mouth. Animal control tried to take her in, but police say Layla’s new owners wouldn’t let them.

“Our hands were tied at that point,” said Chief Robb.

For five days, police said Layla’s gunshot wound went uncared for. Eventually, they got a warrant and took her to a vet.

Her medical bills are nearly $3,000.

Owner Tim Chavez now has to pay for all of it because Layla’s his dog and he wanted her back.

Friday, he got her. She is recovering, but Chavez said the whole situation is unfair.

“I think that justice needs to be served for Layla,” said Chavez. “I mean look at this. Somebody needs to be held responsible for this.”

The woman who took Layla in has been charged with animal cruelty because she did not get the dog medical care right away.

Chavez has set up a gofundme to raise money for Layla’s medical bills.

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