Dog shooting incident under investigation
JOHNSON COUNTY – Sheriff Adam King confirmed this week his department is investigating the actions of a county man who apparently shot and killed two neighbor’s “pit bull-type” dogs during a back yard confrontation on July 22.
King emphasized his department will not be rushing to judgment and will provide a thorough investigation. He said this investigation will determine if legal fault is to be assigned.
“Before we do anything else, we need to determine exactly what happened,” he said. “We have to look into all the circumstances.”
The man – who the sheriff declined to name until the investigation is further along – is in his 60s. He lives across the street from the home where the dogs lived – in the 5000 block of Briar Patch Lane, outside the city limits of Burleson.
A woman who identified herself as an owner of the dogs contacted the Burleson Star Monday and initially set an interview to discuss the incident. She then called back a short while later to postpone that interview.
Sheriff King said the shooting took place about 9 a.m. July 22, but was reported to authorities around 5:35 p.m.
“The animals appear to have been instantly killed,” he said.
After the sheriff’s department was contacted about the shooting, King’s deputies interviewed everyone at that scene, including the shooter, reports show.
The man told authorities these two “put bull type” dogs came up to him “growling and showing their teeth” and approaching him, the sheriff said.
The man told authorities the dogs made initial contact with him in his front yard. At that point, he said he used his shovel to fend them off but they kept coming closer.
When the man got close to his house he grabbed a shotgun and opened fire on them while on his backyard porch, reports show.
A deputy took the initial report of the incident, but the case will be investigated by the department’s animal control deputy, the sheriff said.
“We will determine if fault is to assigned,” he said. “There are certain circumstances under which you can shoot animals like that and there are circumstances under which you shouldn’t. We’ll determine which is which.”