By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
Another incident with a dog fight and a shot gun in Toledo is highlighting the importance of people keeping their animals on their own property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Two dogs were shot early Thursday morning after they attacked another dog on the dog’s property on the 600 block of Mandy Road, according to the sheriff’s office.
The victim German shepherd was taken to a veterinary hospital in critical condition with bites and cuts all over its body, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said on Friday morning.
Brown gave the following account of what took place:
A 29-year-old Toledo man heard growling in his front yard and discovered two of his neighbor’s pit bulls had his pet pinned to the ground, with one biting its neck and the other latched onto its hindquarter.
When his shouting didn’t stop the attack, he retrieved his shotgun. He fired a warning shot.
He shot one dog, which got it to let go and run away. He shot the other dog which had the same effect.
The 29-year-old followed to make sure they headed home, and when one of them came towards him, he shot it again, killing it.
Brown said the German shepherd owner’s actions were found to be justified under the cricumstances, as he was protecting his pet on his own property.
The pit bulls had left their property after the owner’s son accidentally a gate open, she said.
No humans were injured.
The German shepherd’s owner didn’t want the 39-year-old owner of the pit bulls cited for his dogs’ actions, according to Brown.
It was just four days earlier when a dog owner on Herriford Road shot a neighbor’s mastiff which came into his yard and tangled with his German shepherd. Both pets in that case survived.
For background, read “Toledo dog fight, shooting bring anger, sorrow and fear” from Sunday June 7, 2015, here