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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

It's one of those stories social media loves; a Savannah-Chatham Metro police officer shooting a pit bull.

His name was Ziggy.

As of 11 p.m. Friday, the Justice for Ziggy Facebook page had more than 700 likes.

Ziggy went missing from his owners' home on 70th Street near Ranger Street the night before he police shot him. His owners are calling it murder.

Metro police sent WTOC an email this afternoon saying Ziggy trapped neighbors inside their homes, barking and growling, that he charged at an animal control officer who tried to catch him, then charged police before being shot dead early Thursday morning.

His owners say that just isn't the dog they know.

"People meet Ziggy and love him," Leacy Hudson said. "We would take him to Forsyth Park. We would take him out to eat with us. He would always act very good, even with other animals. I feel like my dog was murdered."

Leacy and her boyfriend, Tyler Braddy, were shown the email police sent to WTOC giving their account of Ziggy's death.

"Honestly, this is a joke," Braddy said. "There is no way. Nope. Nope. They're not getting away with this."

That isn't the Ziggy the couple knows, a dog who loved people, who slept with Hudson and Braddy every night, even snuggled with cats.

WTOC tracked down the people who found Ziggy in their yard, courting the female pit bull out back.

Ziggy's owners hadn't neutered him.

The family who found him says he was vicious.

"From what I seen, that pit was real aggressive, and he would bite anybody," Rasheen Gerido said.

Gerido says Ziggy had his mother trapped inside their house on 71st Street, a block and a half from Hudson and Braddy's home.

Gerido said Ziggy would charge the door every time his mother tried to leave for work, that he charged neighborhood children and Gerido's grandfather, who called police.

"When the police was at the top of the driveway, the dog actually charged at him and tried to bite him," Gerido said. "That's when the next thing you know, he just started firing."

Gerido and his friend Orlando Floyd said the officer first tried to use mace and fired only when that didn't work.  

Ziggy's owners have set up a Facebook page calling for justice for Ziggy: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Ziggy/315199551955468

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