Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a dispute between neighbors that ended with a dog being killed.
One man claims the dog was a nuisance and tried to attack him, so he shot the dog. However, the dog's owner tells News 13 that story doesn't jibe, and he wants justice.
"As soon as he got out from my yard, he got shot," said Manuel Zubia, the dog's owner. His dog, Piturin, was 1 year old.
"I heard the gun that shot, and then I looked to the door where my dog just jumped and then fell on his back, and he didn't move again," recalled Zubia.
Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies and Animal Control officers are now investigating what happened. Zubia's neighbor, Leroy Romero, admitted to killing the dog, claiming the pit bull mix tried to attack him in his yard.
"I noticed that it was still aggressive and still trying to come at me, so at that point I went in, I got a rifle in my hand and I put the dog down," Romero told News 13.
Romero said the dog had killed livestock in the past. He said he and other neighbors have made reports to Animal Services.
"It wasn't working so ... well, I had to do what I had to do," said Romero.
However, Animal Services said they don't have reports of the dog hurting anyone.
"We had a couple complaints in the area, nothing that noted anything really serious. We patrolled the area a few times, weren't able to find any loose dogs," said Matt Pepper, Director of Animal Care Services for Bernalillo County.
Investigators interviewed both parties, but so far, no one's been charged.
"People need to know that they have the right to protect their property if they feel they're being threatened whether its a wild animal, a domestic animal," said Captain Sid Covington, of the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department.
"We just have to corroborate stories and interview the people that were involved, just make sure that we have all the facts strait, and go from there," Covington added.
The dog's owner says Piturin was playful and still a pup. Although his dog got out of the yard, Zubia claims his dog was right outside his own fence, and not on his neighbor's property when he was killed.
"He was in the street, he was 100 feet away from the dog, so how's that threatening you?" exclaimed Zubia.
Captain Covington said it appears the dog was on the neighbor's property when he was killed. Charges can still be filed, and the investigation is ongoing.
Animal Services and Sheriff's deputies said if someone has a problem with a neighbor's dog, it is best to call Animal Services before taking matters into their own hands.