MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A family dog is dead after a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed it in front of a 2-year-old.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s office was called to a home after someone called 911 reporting a toddler was wandering around alone near the street, but the family is claiming that the mother was in the car port and knew where her child was, WKMG reported.

 

The sheriff’s deputy approached the toddler and found the family’s female pit bull dog, Brownie, acting aggressive. The family says Brownie was protective of all five children, especially the toddler who witnessed the deputy fire two shots killing the dog.

“There is no reason why he should’ve done that. What he should’ve done is talk to the person in the car port that was 15 feet away. It was totally uncalled for,” neighbor Josh Petelle told WKMG.

“The dog’s first thought is hey you’re walking up to me with a gun and the dog growls. The dog didn’t lunge at him, the dog didn’t do anything. The dog just growled and then he put two bullets in him,” family member Robert Gringas told WKMG.

Now, the family is questioning why the deputy shot and killed the dog.

“It’s very sad because we had her for so long,” 12-year-old Jordan told WKMG.

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