September 17, 2014

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Elyria man with concealed-carry permit shot dog that charged him, police say

ELYRIA — An Elyria man with a concealed carry permit shot a dog that charged him as he crossed Lake Avenue on Thursday shortly after noon.

Elyria police at Kaiser Court and Lake Avenue investigate an incident Thursday where an man shot a charging dog. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

Elyria police at Kaiser Court and Lake Avenue investigate an incident Thursday where an man shot a charging dog. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

The man said a bull mastiff was one of two dogs that raced toward him about 12:10 p.m. as he walked toward his home on Kaiser Court. He was convinced he was going to be attacked, he told police.

He told police that he took out his weapon and fired one time at the large dog, but he said it continued to run toward him. He then fired a second shot, and the dog retreated, he told police. The second dog did not attack him.

Police said the dogs belonged to a Lake Avenue residence, and the bull mastiff, named Moose, had two gunshot wounds.

The dog was taken to Elyria Animal Hospital, and the man’s weapon was taken as evidence.

Dr. Alex O’Roark, who treated the dog, said it suffered injuries to its left front leg from fragments of the bullet, which lodged in the dog’s left hind leg.

According to O’Roark, the dog was in stable condition after the bullet was removed.

No charges have been filed, and the case remains under investigation.

Once the investigation is complete, the man can get his gun back.

Contact Christina Graw at 329-7155 or ctnews@chroniclet.com.