He doesn’t want his full name used nor his face shown but Robert, from Colorado Springs, Colorado does want it known that he hasn’t been able to eat since had to shoot another dog in order to save his own dog’s life.
Robert says he was walking his Greyhound, Cooper on Wednesday when Flato, a Bull Mastiff dragged its owner Tammira Martinez toward them. Robert says Martinez let go and that’s when the dog went straight for Cooper.
“As soon as the dog attached onto my dog, onto his neck, he had a death grip on his neck,” Robert says.
Robert says he was watching his dog die, gasping for breath. He tried pulling Flato off of Cooper, even kicking him in the chest, but he wouldn’t budge.
“I told the lady to pull her dog off or I’d have to kill her dog. I fired twice into the dog and killed him. At that point he released my dog,” said Robert, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Cooper suffered a deep puncture wound to his neck and also has bite marks to his back leg.
For her part however, Martinez seems to have a different take on the situation.
“All I know is I was not given a chance to even gain control of my dog before he even shot him, which is not right,” she says.
She also didn’t think Cooper was hurt very bad. Robert says vet bills are $600.
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado however, sided with Robert.
Martinez was cited for unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog.