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Cops Shoot 'Vicious' Dog, Owner Busted for Drugs

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Authorities in Murrieta responding to the call of a "vicious" pit bull outside a home got a little more than they bargained for Thursday, according to the Press-Enterprise. First, the dog turned out to not be a pit bull, but rather an Argentine dogo. The dog, however, was so boisterous and lunged for an officer, prompting that officer to shoot the dog in the head. But the dog wasn't the only thing officers had to deal with on scene.

The injured canine ran into a nearby home, and the officers followed. Inside the home, officers spoke with 25-year-old Justin Shaun Armstrong, and determined he was growing and selling marijuana on the premises. Armstrong was arrested after he claimed responsibility for the drugs, say police.

The dog sustained minor injuries, however his condition was not known.