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 Change.org 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.