Dogs shot by Miami-Dade police searching for burglar

Police say 1 dog escaped from front yard, tried to attack K-9

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Police opened fire on two dogs and killed one while searching for a burglar Tuesday.

It happened in the area of Southwest 117th Avenue and 223rd Street. Several photos taken by the dogs' owner show one of the American Bulldogs dead near a driveway and the other bloodied outside the front door.

"I was devastated. I've had him since he was a baby," said Amy Rojas.

Miami-Dade police said the officers opened fire on the dogs after one of them escaped from the front yard and tried to attack a K-9.

The department is investigating the shooting.

"I was holding him and trying to talk to him and he was crying. You could tell he was in pain," said Rojas.

A local animal hospital helped treat the dog who survived, however, it may need to have shoulder surgery and the family does not have the money to pay for it.

If anyone would like to help them or make a donation, please contact:

South Kendall Animal Hospital
9501 Southwest 160th Street
Miami, FL 33157

The family can be contacted at 786-853-6511.

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