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Pet pitbull shot during Anchorage police standoff

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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 5:19 pm | Updated: 12:10 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police shot a dog after a man released the pet pitbull from his home during a standoff.

The Anchorage Daily News ( ) reports police arrived at the Bearfoot Circle residence Friday evening to serve a warrant to the man. The man refused to leave his residence. During a 45-minute-long standoff with the police, he set his pitbull dog loose on officers in his back yard.

An officer shot the dog because he perceived it as a threat.

Sgt. Lee Rohwer with the Anchorage Police Department says it wasn't the first time people have used their animals as weapons, and officers have to respond accordingly.

After it was shot, the dog, named Rupert, ran away. Officers found the dog and took it to Pet Emergency for treatment.

The man was taken into custody.

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