Officers responded to a report of a child threatening to stab neighbors with a knife on the 3700 block of Bryant Avenue North.
Sgt. Jesse Garcia says a pitbull charged the officers when they entered a home at 3751 Bryant Ave. North. after knocking on the door. Concerned for their safety, the officers shot the dog.
Homeowner Sara Bialke says her children watched the dog bleed inside as officers talked with her outside the home. Bialke called the shooting unnecessary and says the dog was old, with hip problems and wasn't charging the officers.
She says her 8-year-old son didn't have a knife. It was a screw driver.
The family chose to have the dog put down when Animal Control came to take it away. She says they couldn't afford the emergency veterinary bill.
Police say no action was taken against the child.