Northport City Council hints at litigation in pit bull's shootin

Northport City Council hints at litigation in pit bull's shooting death

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Kylie Law with her dog Cage. Source: Family photo/WBRC video Kylie Law with her dog Cage. Source: Family photo/WBRC video
Supporters for Cage's owner pack the council chambers. Source: Josh Gauntt Supporters for Cage's owner pack the council chambers. Source: Josh Gauntt
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Northport's city council heard the public's concerns over the shooting death of a pit bull by a Northport officer Monday night.

Dozens packed the council chambers to ask why the officer shot and killed the dog last week. The police department says the officer shot the dog in the owner's front yard after the dog growled and charged at him. The owners were not home at the time, but witnesses say the dog was not being aggressive at all.

Some residents say the city should come down hard on the officer and others are calling for more training and education to help law enforcement deal with animals.

City councilors didn't have much to say. They hinted at possible litigation in the case and this may be why they had few comments.

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