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2 dogs found shot to death in neighborhood

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EL MIRAGE, Ariz. -

Two dogs killed, shot multiple times -- and their carcasses left out on the street for hours. We've learned the dogs were shot by an El Mirage Police officer because there was no one available at the time from animal control to come capture the aggressive dogs.

We do want to warn you -- some viewers may find the images and details in this story disturbing.

El Mirage Police Department is still investigating the shooting, but we talked to the police chief who says his officers didn't want to kill the dogs, but because of staffing issues with animal control, they thought it was the best option.

"This is where the Rottweiler was, he was shot in the shoulder and the face. Here's the dry blood from the pit bull."

Two dogs shot dead in the early morning hours.

Misty Lipkeman passed the bloody animals during the day. She called police and was shocked by the answer.

"He told me yeah ma'am we put the dogs down at 3 in the morning and he hung up," she says. "They shot them and left them there for 8 hours and didn't even cover them up. I covered them up."

According to the El Mirage Police report, officers received three 911 calls that night about the dogs. When police came out, the report says the dogs charged police officers.

Police say they tried multiple times to find an animal control officer -- who are supposed to respond to emergencies after hours -- but on this night nobody picked up the phone. So officers made the call to shoot the dogs.

"Sometimes you have resources available and sometimes you don't and I think this is one of those times. When we usually don't get those kinds of calls, this is one of those situations that didn't end up with animal control taking the animal," says Steve Campbell, police chief.

According to the report, an officer "pulled his car alongside the dogs" and fired. The dogs were "mortally wounded but not dead." Then the officer got out of the car and "shot each dog once behind the ear, with the shot angling toward the brain."

"Obviously I don't want to see this, it irritates me that people let their dogs run loose. We were forced into a position of the last resort," says Campbell.

Lipkeman says the dogs' bloody bodies lay out in this El Mirage neighborhood until about 11 a.m. She counted at least six shots in one of the dogs.

"I love dogs and there's no reason. And to shoot a dog at least six times, it's not fair to the dog. The dog can't speak so somebody has to speak for them," says Lipkeman.

El Mirage contracts its animal control services out to Surprise animal control. They are working to make sure there's an animal control officer on call after hours in the future.

UPDATE: We spoke to Surprise Animal Control about why no one picked up the phone that morning.

"It's very seldom that there's an incident, so it happens few and far between. It was 2:30 in the morning, they didn't hear the phone ring so they didn't get the call. It's an unfortunate situation but as I understand the facts it would not have changed the results. Because of the vicious nature of the animals, it would have resulted in the dispatch," said Commander Geoff Legget, Surprise PD.

"We are putting things in place to make people more available should something have to occur after hours."

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