Robber kills pit bull as it defends its Fort Worth owners

A pit bull who tried to protect his owners during a home invasion late Sunday was fatally shot by one of two robbers, police said.

The robbery took place about 11:30 p.m. in the 3400 block of Rufus Street in southeast Fort Worth.

According to police, a 28-year-old man who lives there answered a knock at the door; outside was an acquaintance who asked to borrow his phone. The person had been at the house that day asking about puppies that the resident was selling, said Sgt. Pedro Criado, a police spokesman.

The resident was reaching for his cellphone when the visitor suddenly pulled out a gun and demanded money. The two were struggling over the gun when the resident's pit bull ran outside and bit the visitor.

"He was defending the owner," Criado said.

The resident fled and was chased by the visitor. Another person, armed with a shotgun, got out of a vehicle, kicked in the front door and demanded money from the resident's wife, he said.

Criado said the dog returned to the house and attacked the second gunman, who shot him. Both people fled with an undetermined amount of money.