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Muncie Police helps pay for surgery for dog that officer shot

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 7:39 am

MUNCIE — Police in Muncie are paying a family more than $2,000 after an officer shot their dog when it charged him.

The Star Press reports the money is for the dog's veterinary bills.

Police Chief Steve Stewart says officers were called to the neighborhood April 3 for a report of gunshots that turned out to be unfounded, and heard a dog barking aggressively. Police say the homeowner put the pit bull in a back room so she could speak with the officers, but it escaped and charged Officer Ryan Yeager.

Authorities say Yeager then fired several shots at the dog.

Emergency surgery for the animal cost about $4,500, and the city is paying $2,100 of that.