LOMPICO - A man shot and killed one of his neighbor's loose Rottweilers after the dog tried to attack a delivery man in the rural, mountainous neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, authorities reported.
The propane truck driver drove down Knoll Way around 1:20 p.m. and stopped at the man's house to check the meter. As he walked back to his truck, the two dogs came at him. He jumped into the cab of his truck - yelling - and barely escaped injury, according to Lynn Miller, interim director of county Animal Services.
The commotion caught the attention of the man who lives in the house. He ran outside with his pistol to help the propane truck driver but the dogs rushed at him, Miller said.
"The owner (of the home) came out thinking something was wrong," Miller said. "He didn't have an opportunity to get back in the house."
He fired two shots from a pistol at the dogs when they were about 4 feet from him. An unaltered female was hit and died; the second dog ran home, authorities said.
"He was out trying to help out the propane truck driver," sheriff's deputy Patrick Dimick said. "We wouldn't prefer people to do it but sometimes people have to."
No people were hurt by the gunfire or the dogs.
The dogs belong to the family across the street from the man who shot them. They got out of the yard through an unlatched gate, according to Dimick. The area is a wooded residential area not far from the entrance to Loch Lomond Reservoir in
The man who fired shots called 911 after the incident and waited for law enforcement to arrive. He was not arrested, Dimick said.
"Everything seemed to be appropriate. It was self defense," Miller said, adding, "the people who owned the dog were very distressed."
Dimick also said the incident was unfortunate.
"Everyone involved felt terrible," he said.
Animal Services officers had been to that house twice in the past because of loose, aggressive dogs and had made recommendations about preventing the dogs from roaming the neighborhood, according to Miller. He noted that there hadn't been past reports of attacks and that officers haven't been called back since September.
The dog's owners will not be cited, but Miller said Animal Services officers asked the family to install in a spring-loaded gate that self-latches so the surviving dog won't accidentally be let out of the yard.