Published: Dec 16, 2012 5:40 PM EST
Updated: Dec 18, 2012 4:45 PM EST

CAPE CORAL-Fla.- A Cape Coral Police officer shot a family pet after he said he felt threatened. Now, authorities are investigating if those dogs were dangerous.  

On Thursday a Cape Coral police officer was called to Northwest 37th place after two neighbors complained aggressive dogs were chasing a woman out for a walk on Tropicana Parkway West. The neighbors said they were scared the dogs were going to bite someone, especially Susan Peavy, who was walking at the time.

She tells us, she felt safe. "The dogs were not a threat. I believe they were doing what they were supposed to do."

In the incident report, the officer said he was walking in a vacant lot when one of the dogs lunged at him with its mouth open. Scared it may bite him, he said, he kicked it to try to scare it away. When that didn't work, he said he shot the dog once. The bullet passed through the dog's mouth striking it on the right leg.
Tasha Dunlap said, "My dog was so docile no way he tried to attack the cop, even if he did, the cop was on my property and that is what a dog is supposed to do."

Meantime, Lee County Domestic Animal Services said there is an investigation underway to determine if the dog is dangerous.

Peavy said, "I do believe the police could of taken other actions there are so many other things that could have been done to prevent this."

We called the Cape Coral Police Department several times, but so far, they have not returned our calls.