Moose, an Italian mastiff held at the Killeen Animal Shelter whose story gathered supporters from as far away as Canada, was euthanized by city officials Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, according to Killeen police.

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Moose, the Italian mastiff held at the Killeen Animal Shelter whose story gathered supporters from as far away as Canada, was euthanized by city officials Monday, according to Killeen police.

Tom DiLillo, Moose’s former owner who started a online petition and GoFundMe account to help locate a rescue shelter for the dog, thanked the community for its support on a Facebook post.

“Thank you for helping me fight the good fight,” DiLillo wrote Monday. “Unfortunately we did not have what it takes to win the battle.”

DiLillo wrote on his GoFundMe account that Moose had gone missing from his home May 22.

DiLillo said he was contacted June 10 by an animal control officer who told him the dog was “aggressive towards a lady whose property he had taken shelter at, as well as towards animal control when they went to pick him up.”

Killeen police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said this was not the first incident involving the dog.

“In June 2014, the owner was charged with animal at large after (Moose) bit a female,” she said. “On June 26 (2017), the dog was found to be dangerous and a nuisance by the court.”

Since Moose had been held at the shelter, Miramontez said the dog repeatedly behaved aggressively toward staff who attempted to care for him.

It is Killeen’s policy to euthanize dangerous animals. According to Killeen ordinances, it is unlawful for any person to own, keep or harbor a “dangerous animal” within the city limits.

The city defines what a “dangerous” animal is in several ways, including a sworn affidavit filed by other residents or a sworn statement filed by an animal control officer.

In a separate Killeen case, a bull mastiff killed 2-year-old Raymane Camari Robinson Jr. on March 1, 2014.

The dog had accidentally gotten out of a garage and attacked Robinson and a girl who were near Iduma Elementary School in west Killeen. | 254-501-7567

(5) comments


It is the owners own doing. If the city didn't put it down and the dog eventually maimed someone, the same people complaining now would be complaining about them doing nothing.


The city did the right thing. The fact that people wanted to adopt a proved, dangerous dog just demonstrates that there are people willing to risk the lives and limbs of other people to have such a dog. It had a track record of being hard to handle. To top it off the original owner was rather flippant about how it got out, and didn't seemed too concerned at what it did when it got out. That and the fact that the dog continued its hostile aggressive behavior while it was in the shelter was a good indication that it was too dangerous to be allowed to be adopted even if there were people willing. Good job shelter.


I believe the city did not do everything in it's power to try and find an alternate solution in handling this situation. There were many that had come forward in taking the dog and getting him a home someplace outside of Killeen. Why euthanize when there were other solutions?


[crying] R.I.P Moose ... humanity failed you. Run free and be with all the others who await you at the bridge. As for the Animal Shelter ... when are they going to stop euthanizing animals and working together with other rescues to help the animals that end up in their care?
I have stopped donating to any kill shelter in the area because I do not support this. A chance should have been given to Moose and his owner to get the dog evaluated and possibly retrained or found a rescue that works with "aggressive" dogs. I have no idea how Moose was, I never met him but I am sad that those who fought for him now were hit with this news.
Blessed Be .... those who have loved him

Pharon Enochs

The following comments are indeed the opinions of Pharon Enochs. The Killeen Animal Control sure has a way of making the news but not in a GOOD light. Apparently someone should review city policy and laws to know what they are and enforce them in a correct manner. First eight kittens killed and now Moose killed. Not really very good optics considering the police department spokesperson apparently has a different opinions of the department policies than that of the city. Then to shy away from answering who was contacted to take in the kittens under the guise of keeping the names private. I only think the way to describe this is to use the term pure bull dung. In my opinion it looks like the city is thinking the citizens are like the big old bird which has it's head in the sand. I think it is the other way around. If is was a mistake own up to it please do not try and come up with excuses that may fool some but not all. The city has a habit of not being very open to the public. I think I made my point. I can only hope the kittens and Moose will be waiting by the Rainbow Bridge. God bless America, President Trump and John Wayne wherever he may be.

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