Thursday, October 16, 2008

California: Man shoots dog while under attack

Oildale, California

From Bakersfield Now of October 9, 2008
Man shoots dog while under attack

A man who shot a dog Thursday in Oildale was under attack at the time, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Elmer Walker, 72, was walking on the 700 block of the north alley of Woodrow Avenue when two pit bulls pushed open a gate where they lived and attacked the man, sheriff's officials said.

Walker hit one of the dogs with a stick and shot the other dog with a .22 revolver he's permitted to carry, causing the dogs the retreat to their home.

Walker wasn't hurt, and the condition of the dog who was shot in the jaw was unknown.

The dog's owner, Arnold Coon II, said he feels the dog's were provoked, and he said the dogs don't have a history of violent behavior.

Kern County Animal Control Services Department took custody of the dogs and is conducting an investigation.

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