Dog Recovering After Being Shot In Leg

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A dog is recovering Friday night after being shot in the leg by a Topeka Police Officer.

Champ -- a Presa Canario -- was shot after he broke loose in the 300 block of Southeast 35th around 8:30 a.m.

{olice officials say officers were searching for a man when they brought a K-9 dog up onto Champ's front lawn.

He broke a chain that was holding his gate closed and got lose.

Officials say the officer shot at the dog in self-defense.

Champ's owner believes the situation could have been avoided.

"I did ask them in front of all my neighbors that were out there 'should I put my dog up' and they said no," said Bob Adams, Champ's owner. "I went back in the house and then they brought their dog in my yard and then they used deadly force against my dog. I'm lucky my dog is still here alive."

Champ was taken to Sherwood Animal Clinic. The veterinarian says he will recover completely.

A police spokesperson says the incident is under review, as is standard practice.