A man taking out his garbage Monday morning on Melrose Street was attacked by his neighbor’s pit bull terrier, police said. The man then pulled out a handgun and shot the dog dead.
Police responded to the call about 6:45 a.m., after the shooting.
Sgt. Christene Mertes said the person attacked by the dog had a valid pistol permit and a properly licensed handgun, and he was not charged.
Police located the dog owner, who told them he’d let the dog out of the house to relieve itself when it took off across the street.
The victim reported minor wounds from the dog.