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OREM — A man shot and killed his neighbor's pit bull Friday after the dog attacked him.

Lt. Craig Martinez said the man was washing his truck in his driveway at 243 W. 1060 South around 4:00 p.m. Friday when the pit bull escaped from its kennel next door and bit the man's foot.

The man then yelled for his wife to call 911 and to get his gun, Martinez said.

Martinez said the pit bull ran away when the man kicked it, but when the man's wife came out with the handgun, the dog attacked again. The man then shot the dog three times.

Martinez said the man sustained puncture wounds in his foot, and he will likely be treated at an area hospital.

Police cited the pit bull's owners for having an animal at large and for animal attacking, Martinez said. The shooter was not cited, and Martinez said he will not face charges for shooting the dog.

"We're not saying that if a dog comes into your yard, shoot it — it's totally different. This is a situation where I don't think he had any other choice," said Martinez said.

The police had previously cited the owners of the pit bull for the same reasons in September when the pit bull bit the man's wife.

Contributing: Lee Lonsberry

Megan Marsden Christensen


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