Man Forced to Shoot His Own Girlfriend’s Service Dog During Attack

MIAMI BEACH, FL — A man was forced to shoot a dog in his house that latched to his arm and just wouldn’t let go, Local10 reports.

Unbelievably, the animal that went after him and locked on did so so fiercely that the man attacked was able to get up, go into another room where he kept his gun, get his gun, and then shoot the animal.

It’s awful, but seriously — it doesn’t really get more clear-cut than that.

According to Local10:

Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, said officers found the wounded dog about 3:15 p.m. in the 600 block of 82nd Street. Rodriguez said the man knew the owner of the dog. Matt Ellis said he was forced to shoot his friend’s dog when the animal attacked him.

“It went nuts and locked down on my arm,” Ellis said.

Ellis said the dog still had ahold of his arm as he went into another room to get the gun.

“I actually drug it to the case, opened up the case and grabbed the gun and shot it,” Ellis said.

Ellis said he locked the dog in the room and called 911. Paramedics took the dog to Knowles Animal Clinic for treatment. The dog was alert as paramedics loaded the animal into the ambulance.

The dog’s condition was not disclosed. Officers at the scene said Ellis is unlikely to face charges over the shooting.

I don’t think I have ever encountered a story in which a dog attack resulting in the shooting of a dog was either carried out in a house or involved a friend’s animal.

Here’s where it gets interesting.

According to WSVN, the dog was a pit bull mix that was registered as a service dog. That service dog belonged to Ellis’ girlfriend.

Ellis intentionally shot the dog in the leg in hopes of breaking the animal’s grip but still keeping it alive. It was taken to the vet, but died in just a few hours, according to a later report from Local10.


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