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Springs plumber behind bars after killing pit bull

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:14:31 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 05 2013 09:49:13 PM CST

A Colorado Springs plumber is in jail after he shot and killed his neighbor's pit bull and was convicted of aggravated animal cruelty.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A plumber is in jail after he shot and killed his neighbor's pit bull and was convicted of aggravated animal cruelty.

It happened in February of 2012 on Vondelpark Place in the Holland Park neighborhood.

Aaron Pyne said his pit bill, Prime, wasn't vicious, but that he did occasionally get loose in the neighborhood.

"He was really puppy-like, always wagging his tail and really happy," said Pyne.

The man who killed the dog was Pyne's neighbor, Blake Pfeifer, a man who has appeared on KRDO in the past offering his plumbing expertise.

"Personally, I know he had it out for my dog," said Pyne.

According to arrest records, Pfeifer called the Humane Society several times to complain that Prime was in his yard, and said he wanted to shoot the dog.

Pyne's mother also said she had overheard Pfeifer threatening to shoot Prime.

On the day Prime was killed, Pfeifer called the Humane Society in the morning, saying the dog had jumped on his fiance. He called back hours later, saying the dog was being sexually aggressive towards him. Pfeifer hung up and called 911 and was still on the phone when he shot Prime three times.

Arrest records say after Prime had been shot twice, the dog left the property and was in front of Pfeifer's neighbor's home when Pfeifer fired the final and deadly shot. Pfeifer said he shot the dog the last time because he didn't want it to suffer.

Neighbors in the area had mixed opinions about the dog. An elderly women who lives near Pfeifer said Prime was friendly and just wanted to play, but others said the dog was often roaming outside and could be a menace.

Mike Smith said the day the dog was killed, the mailman wouldn't get out of his vehicle to deliver the mail because the dog was out.

"He would stop every hour on the hour," Smith said.

Smith said as he walked to a neighbor's house the dog jumped on him.

"That dog would not let go of me and I was really terrified," Smith said. "It really surprised me that they charged (Pfeifer) with a crime. He tried so hard to get the Humane Society to pick up the dog."

Pyne maintains his dog wasn't dangerous and says it's Pfeifer who was the real threat.

"There's a lot of children in this neighborhood, including my brother," Pyne said. "I wouldn't want him to go out looking for my dog and come into crossfire."

Pfeifer has been in jail since the beginning of February and he will remain behind bars until his sentencing in April because his bond was revoked. The district attorney's office says that's not uncommon when someone commits a felony crime with deadly weapon.

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