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Dog owners question Waterloo police about shooting dog

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Allan Hale is mourning the loss of part of his family.

"These dogs is my everything. They family, like my other kid," said Hale.

Allan and his wife, Amy Hale owned their dog, Hennie, for two and a half years.

She was two weeks from giving birth, but is now buried in the back yard.

"Hennie was like a child to me. I mean all of our dogs are. And to see my husband in that much pain really hurt," said Amy Hale.

"I'm in a situation now when I just got one of my kids taken away from for honestly no reason that makes sense," said Allan Hale.

That's what Hale is trying to do, make sense of what happened Wednesday night that led a Waterloo Police officer to kill Hennie.

Waterloo Police say an officer on routine patrol was flagged down near the 600 block of Dawson Street just before seven Wednesday night.

The Hale's were gone at the time, but witnesses told police there was a dog fight.

"There was one dog attacking another dog and the third dog was basically taking an aggressive stance towards the officers and to the other people who gathered around to see what was going on," said Captain Tim Pillack, Waterloo Police Department.

When officers arrived they say one of the dogs had another dog by the neck That's when the officer pulled his gun.

"I mean I'm looking at my dog right now, his face is swollen, but like they told me that's going to heal up. From looking at him right now. I honestly see no reason why the cop had to use deadly force on my female," said Hale.

Waterloo police said they called animal control as soon as they got to the home. Captain Pillack says he supports the officers judgement call.

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