A dog was shot by a Fruita police officer Monday evening.
Around 8 p.m. officers responded to reports of a dog fight on the 100 block of East Lexington Way.
The dog's owner was trying to break up a fight between his two pit bulls and a bull mastiff when the canines turned on him.
He was bitten several times.
When officers arrived on scene they saw the man being attacked and fired three shots.
The bull mastiff was shot and killed.
The other two dogs were unharmed and are back in the care of their owner.
Mesa County Animal Services headed to the scene to assess the situation and decide if they need to press charges.