Owner of dog shot at park doesn't blame the shooter

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Visitors to the Bay Area dog park say it just isn't the same after a dog was shot to death there. But the owner says he doesn't necessarily blame the shooter. He's still waiting for more information on exactly what happened. One thing he stressed is that at the end of the day, nothing is going to bring back his beloved dog, who he considered a family member.

Two-year-old Diesel was a Staffordshire bull terrier, who used to love coming to the dog park. But just after 10am Sunday, a man called police, saying he shot Diesel because the dog had acted aggressively toward his dog and his wife. He said he was just defending his family from an aggressive dog.

Police say that man was legally allowed to have a gun at the park because he had a concealed weapons permit.

Diesel was rushed to the vet. The owner said he had been shot three times, once on his forearm and twice on his right shoulder. Family members, as you can imagine, were in tears, but made the tough decision to put Diesel down.

"We decided that for Diesel, and for my mom, and for me that he didn't have to suffer anymore," said dog owner Randall Livingston. "He was a quality of life dog. This dog absolutely loves everything and everybody."

As of now, no charges have been filed against the man for shooting the dog. The sheriff's office is still investigating what happened, then, the district attorney or maybe even a grand jury will make a decision
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