Jogger Shoots Two Dogs to Defend Himself, His Own Pet

RENO, Nev. -- Shots rang out in a Stead neighborhood early Sunday afternoon after two pit bulls attacked a jogger and his dog.

It happened on Rising Sun Drive. Police say the man lives in the area and was jogging in a residential area when the pit bulls attacked.

"Two loose, unrestrained pit bulls attacked his dog and when he tried to separate the pit bulls and his dog, the pit bulls attacked him," said Sgt. Joe Lever of the Reno Police Department. "He was jogging with a concealed firearm which he has a permit for. He discharged the firearm twice, striking one dog who died instantly. We followed a blood trail and found the other in a backyard with a through-and-through wound."

Police say the dog was standing when they found it and was rushed to a nearby animal hospital where he ended up being euthanized.

It's unclear as to why the dogs were loose.

"We're still investigating but we know some people were on vacation and the dogs were supposed to be in the backyard and somehow got out," Lever said.

No citations were issued.

"It is illegal to discharge a firearm in a congested area but in the protection of your life it is legal," Lever said.

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