AUSTIN --Two days after a dog attack inside Petco in Northwest Austin, we still don't know the condition of the mix breed maltese Austin police say was attacked by a pitbull dog. APD has not released any new information. However, Petco returned our request for information concerning store policy. According to a spokeswoman for the store, "We have incidents like this that happen, and we deal with them, but our priority is to provide pet-friendly atmosphere that's safe for families and their pets."
Officer Leslie Lyons was working security Wednesday night inside the store when a pitbull bit a small dog around its neck and began shaking it. Officer Lyons fired two shots into the pitbull, killing it.
The attack is a reminder to people like Michele Poltronieri, who enjoy pet-friendly restaurants and bars.
"That's why I like Austin," said Michele Poltronieri, a dog owner.
Poltronieri says with that joy comes responsibility.
"You need to be responsible for your dogs. It's your responsibility to make sure your dog is socialized. You shouldn't bring a dog that is aggressive around other dogs and people," says Poltronieri.
Assistant Police Chief Steve Deaton says Officer Lyons is a dog lover and felt "torn up" over the shooting.
Petco says their only policy is that pets must be on leashes. They do not have breed restrictions inside their store. Other local restaurants in Austin says they rely on pet owners to know their animals and make sure they're closely watched in public.
"When you take them out, keep an eye on them. Look for big, aggressive dogs. Always be ready to act if anything happens," said Joe Miller, a dog owner.
The officer's actions are under investigation. So far no tickets or citations have been issued.