Family works to get dog shot by North Carolina police back home

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The owner of a pit bull shot by Fayetteville police Wednesday said they need $406 by Aug. 13 to get the dog back from authorities.

“He’s a part of me. He’s a part of this house. Everybody in this neighborhood knows Boss,” Rosetta Middlebrooks said.

She’s talking about her pit bull mix, Boss, who’s been living with her and her family for more than a year.

“He was my protection,” Middlebrooks said. “Whenever something goes wrong in the neighborhood he alerted me.”

Around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Boss alerted Middlebrooks.

Shortly before, police say a man walking nearby was attacked by a pit bull and another dog.

Police tell CBS North Carolina Michael Harris, 50, was attacked on Gertrude Street by the two dogs. He was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment of injuries to his left arm and back.

Middlebrooks said it was not her dog, but through their investigation, officers were led to her home.

“One dog rushed out of the house, lunged toward the officers. The officers started to back up, the dog continued to come, so one officer pulled his handgun and he fired two rounds,” Officer Shawn Strepay told CBS North Carolina.

Middlebrooks said Boss never left her front porch, and was doing his job.

“When they did ‘pow-pow’, Boss took off down the street,” Middlebrooks said. “When I heard the ‘pow-pow’ I shut my door, because I didn’t know what was going on.”

Boss was shot, but will be OK. The dog is now in the custody of Animal Control.

“You have to kind of judge the demeanor of the animal, just like you would a person,” Strepay said. “Are they growling, snarling, barking? That sort of thing.”

“I could’ve been shot. Why would you shoot him period? Don’t you have a taser?” Middlebrooks said.

Even though the dog has been deemed dangerous, the family said they can bring him home.

They need to raise $406 by Aug. 13, or Boss will be put down.

They’ve set up a GoFundMe.

CBS North Carolina attempted to get in touch with the victim, but was unsuccessful.

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