SAN DIEGO — A Valencia Park resident said he used a shotgun to kill a neighbor’s pit bull Monday night after the unleashed animal attacked him on his own property.
The shooting took place on th 5800 block of Duluth Street at about 8:30 p.m., said police, who were called to the scene.
Lee Pattinson told Fox 5 News that the pit bull attacked his husky in his yard.
“I couldn’t pull him off. I tried hitting him several times, but it didn’t do anything to the dog. The dog turned and bit my leg,” Pattinson said. “After the dog bit me, I ran inside and got my gun.”
Pattinson said he hit the dog with the shotgun five times, but it didn’t stop the attack so he “put him down.”
Monday’s incident wasn’t the first run in with the pit bull, he said. The same pit bull attacked his dog once before.
“I told my neighbor, ‘If this happens again, it’s not OK, and I will shoot your dog,’” Pattinson said. “I didn’t mean it as a threat. I tried to tell her there are kids in the neighborhood. That dog has been aggressive and it’s not safe.”
San Diego police investigated the shooting and determined that Pattinson shot the dog in self defense. He was not facing any charges, said San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros.