Published: Feb 10, 2011 3:05 AM EST
Updated: Feb 10, 2011 12:10 AM EST

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Lee County Sheriff's Office says a deputy shot and killed a pit bill in the SunCoast Estates Tuesday morning because it was threatening kids waiting for a school bus. But the owner of the dog tells WINK News a different story.

"I have two kids. My dog was never aggressive with my kids," said Oliva Brown, whose dog Hank died from a gunshot wound.

Brown says she's shocked deputies considered her pet a danger to kids at the bus stop.

"(Hank was) playful, a great dog," she explained.

Deputies say Hank was running loose without a collar on Breeze Drive when they saw him getting close to kids. Deputies tell WINK News that after several attempts to catch the dog, they were left with no choice and had to shoot it for the safety of the community.

 Brown is very upset her pet was killed. She believes it was unnecessary.