Citizen shoots attacking pit bull type dog in Manatee County

MANATEE — A citizen who was walking his Jack Russell terrier shot a pit bull type dog that jumped over a three-foot wall and attacked the terrier about 6:55 p.m. Sunday, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The citizen was walking his dog on the east side of 22nd Street East near his home. The pit bull was secured in the backyard of a home in the 3500 block of 22nd Street East with a flimsy 6 foot wooden fence connected to a three foot concrete wall, a sheriff’s report said.

When the dog jumped over the three foot concrete wall and began attacking the terrier, the citizen, who has a valid concealed weapons permit, pulled a .38 caliber Ruger from his pocket, shot the pit bull in the neck and shoulder.

At this time the shooting appears to be justified and no charges were filed, the sheriff’s office reported.

The pit bull's condition was unknown at press time.