Wednesday evening, an Albuquerque police officer shot a family's dog after getting a call about a hostage in the home.
But the man who lives there, Loren Smith, says police made a big mistake and that there were never hostages in his home.
Smith says police arrived at their side door and his stepsonís dog approached to see what was going on-- and that's when an officer with a rifle fired one shot.
Smith says the bullet went in and out of the dog's jaw hitting his leg.
"(The dogís) forearm (was) totally shattered, totally hanging by the artery because there was no arterial bleeding. He's going to lose his leg," worried Smith.
A police sergeant on the scene says police truly feared someone was being held hostage and believed the officer acted appropriately with the information they had; the officer felt threatened and shot the dog.
The sergeant said he felt bad that the dog was hurt. He is a dog lover himself and has two dogs of his own.
Meanwhile, Smith says instead of shooting his dog, police could have shut the door when the dog approached. ìThe reaction was excessive," he added.
The pit bull was rushed to a vet, but the sergeant on scene said they wanted a $500 deposit before working on the animal. The sergeant then rushed to the vet to tell staffers to start working on the animal and the city would pay for everything.