Man shoots pit bull after he says it attacked him, his dog in Valencia Park

SAN DIEGO - Police are investigating after a man shot a pit bull that he says attacked him and his dog.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Monday on Duluth Avenue in Valencia Park.

"I really didn't want to kill the dog, but I wasn't going to let it kill my dog, you know, and I wasn't going to let it attack me again," said Lee Pattison.

Pattison said while he was answering the door for a pizza delivery person, he and his husky were attacked by the pit bull from across the street.

"I was hitting the dog as hard as I could… nothing," he said. "I mean, the dog was all muscle and … so there was nothing else I could do. I went and got the gun and I hit him four or five times with the butt of the gun. I mean, I really didn't want to shoot the gun."

He shot his shotgun once and the dog died, sending his owner, Pattison's neighbor, into hysteria.

Pattison said this is the second time the dog has attacked his, and he warned his neighbor about what would happen.

"I told her before, I said, 'If your dog comes over here, attacks my dog, attacks me, attacks my girlfriend, I'm going to shoot it,'" he said.

Pattinson, who had bite marks from the attack, is not facing charges in connection with the shooting, said San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros. 

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