Pit Bull Owner Didn't Follow City Rules; Dog Seized
"It's hard, it's hard because that's a companion that I never thought that I would have again."
Dog owner Gustavo Santiago doesn't understand why his pit bull, Smalls, is being put down.
"He's a good dog. I'm sad, my kids are crying cause they don't have their dog", adds Santiago.
The Nebraska Humane Society seized Smalls this week after they say Santiago failed, numerous times, to follow city rules.
"The last thing in the world we wanted to do was confiscate this dog. We don't like having to do that it's one of the worst parts of our job", says Humane Society V.P. Mark Langan.
In November, Smalls attacked and injured a neighbor's dog. Santiago says his son left a gate open and dogs walked onto his property.
Small defended his territory.
A police search warrant tells a different story though. It says Smalls escaped and attacked. NHS cited Santiago and declared his dog potentially dangerous.
That meant Santiago had to take classes, get Smalls fixed, micro-chipped and insured.
NHS says Santiago didn't comply. Santiago doesn't agree.
"The Humane Society says they tried to work with me, and gave me such amount of things. That's a lie."
NHS gave Santiago a 60 day extension to get the requirements done. He did not.
In February, the Humane Society then cited Gustavo as a reckless owner.
"This particular situation the owner chose not to do any of the requirements whatsoever forcing us into the situation to get a search warrant and us confiscating the dog."