Charges Filed in Fatal Dog Shooting

The dog's owner - not the neighbor who shot the dog - will face charges officials said

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013  |  Updated 7:19 AM PDT
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After her neighbor shot and killed her pit bull, a Valencia Park woman interrupts Steven Luke during his report on NBC 7 News at 11.

After her neighbor shot and killed her pit bull, a Valencia Park woman interrupts Steven Luke during his report on NBC 7 News at 11.

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After a neighbor shot and killed her dog, a San Diego pet owner will be the one to face charges investigators said.

Investigators say Lee Pattison was justified in the shooting of a pit bull on Duluth Road in Valencia Park Monday around 8:30 p.m.

When a pizza delivery driver arrived at Pattison’s home, the neighbor’s pit bull ran onto his property and attacked him and his Husky officers said.

Pattison, a Navy diver, tried to break up the fight. When the dog bit him in the leg, he went inside to get his shotgun.

He claims he hit the pit bull several times with the butt of the gun and then finally pulled the trigger once killing the animal instantly.

Now, the pit bull’s owner June Wayne will face charges for failing to control her dog according to the Department of Animal Services.

She's accused of violating ordinances that require an owner to keep a dog on a leash and protect the public from a dog.

Hours after the shooting, Wayne was screaming from her porch, still visibly shaken by her pet’s death and calling the shooting “malicious.”

She cried out for her pit bull which she claims was a service companion dog.

San Diego police say Pattison was not arrested and is not facing charges because he shot the dog in self-defense on his own property.

Pattison and his Husky have a few puncture wounds (pictured right), but will recover from their injuries.
 

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