When Bryan Burns got a phone call from a friend saying police were at his house Thanksgiving night, he immediately rushed home.
"Two cops were standing in my yard. I said, 'What's going on?' I could see my dog at the corner of the fence and it was bleeding out of the mouth. And he said, 'I shot it,' and I said, 'Why?' he said, 'He barked at me and acted aggressive,'" Burns recalled.
Burns had animal control put his three-year-old pitbull, Bear, to sleep right there in his backyard.
"He had a bullet hole between his nose and his top lip, and he was laying there suffering. He was alive the whole time I was digging the hole to bury him in," Burns said.
Breckenridge Police responded to Burns' house after getting a call about a vicious dog around 6:30 that night.
"One of the officers got out to talk to the other one in his car. When he did, the dog lunged at the officer, fired one shot, the dog ran back over to its house," said Chief Larry Mahan of the Breckenridge Police Department.
Burns admitted the gate to his yard was open, but a witness who was sitting next door said the dog was in the yard when he was shot.
"I did not hear that dog run but maybe four "yipes," then it was done. And it was right there by that wall," said Edwin Congdon, who was next door at the time.
The police department is backing the officer's actions.
"If a dog goes to attack them, I feel they have the right to protect themselves," Mahan said.
Breckenridge officers started wearing personal cameras in the field this past year, but are not required to. The chief said the officer involved wasn't wearing one at the time.
The officer involved is Scott Gabriel, who was put administrative leave after the 2008 shooting that killed Mike Richardson of Albany.
The other officer involved with that incident, Jason Holt, is no longer with the department. A grand jury declined to indict either of them back in 2009.