From the Orlando Sentinel of August 2, 2008
Man shoots pit bull attacking his dog
A man shot a pit bull Friday. He says it got loose and attacked his dog.
The man, Anthony Dippolito, 49, will not be cited. The pit bull was euthanized at the owner's request, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
The pit bull trotted into Dippolito's yard on Northeast 39th Street just before 8:15 a.m., Dippolito said.
He said he saw the pit bull's owner beating on the dog that had latched onto Crystal, Dippolito's 5-year-old mixed-breed boxer.
Dippolito said he picked up a 10-pound satellite dish and bashed the pit bull several times, but the dog shrugged it off.
He rushed into his bedroom and grabbed his .45-caliber handgun, then came back out and shot the pit bull in the rib cage.
Dippolito said he was relieved that his dog suffered only some gashes and a quarter-sized hole in her neck, but he's sorry that he had to resort to shooting its attacker.
It wasn't Dippolito's first pet attacked by a pit bull, he said. In 2007, his cat was torn apart by a pack of pit bulls.