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Taylor Police and Animal Control recently were called to the 22000 block of Mary Street on reports of a dog that had been shot by a resident. Many concerned residents have contacted the Police Department worried about the dog and inquiring as to the status of the investigation.
The shooting occurred when a 43-year-old man was going to his vehicle at about 11:25 a.m. When he stepped off his porch he saw two dogs approaching him. He started back for his front porch and one of the dogs charged towards him in an aggressive manner. The dog was growling and showing its teeth to him.
The man did not believe he could get back inside quick enough and was in fear of being bitten. He pulled his registered handgun and fired one shot at the dog while both he and the dog were in the middle of his front yard.
The man then called 911 to report he had just shot the dog. Officers arrived and found the man shaken and crying. The dogs’ owner arrived shortly after. Apparently, a neighbor knew the dog and its 31-year-old owner and called her to the scene. Neighbors helped the woman load the dog in her car and she took the dog to a local emergency vet.
Taylor Police checked with the owner of the dog and while it is improving, it will be undergoing surgery to remove one of its eyes.
Officers interviewed another resident who also lived near the scene. The man at a neighboring house said that prior to the shooting, he had seen the same dogs running the street for about one hour. He told police that prior to the shooting, the same dogs had come to his yard barking and growling at him and his dogs, which were fenced in his yard.
He was concerned but was able to get his dogs and himself into his house. He continued to watch the dogs outside because his wife had gone to the store and he was worried she would return and the dogs would still be roaming outside. The neighbor did not witness the shooting.
Animal Control Officers had previously warned the owners of the two pit bulls in question regarding the dogs getting out of their yard on more than one occasion. The dogs reside at a home on Brian Street.
The man who shot the dog is not being charged at this time. It has been determined he was acting in self-defense.