Georgetown woman's dog shot dead by neighbor

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Was it an act of self-defense or was the shooting death of a pit bull a cold-blooded killing?
That is what investigators at the Georgetown Police Department are trying to determine after a pit bull belonging to Susan Woodbury was shot by her neighbor in front of her Morrison Street home last Wednesday.
According to a police report, Woodbury — who also spoke with the Georgetown Times about the incident — said she was moving her two dogs from the back yard into her home through the front door.
The dogs were not leashed and the pit bull saw the neighbors — a man and his wife — walking towards Woodbury’s front yard.
Woodbury told police the dogs went towards the couple “but not in a threatening manner.”
She said her Lab turned around and walked back towards the house but the pit bull continued walking towards the neighbors.
Woodbury said she saw the man “shoot twice at her dog for no apparent reason.”
The man who fired the shots told police when he and his wife saw the dogs coming towards them, they walked back into their own front yard but the pit bull kept coming towards his wife.
“When the dog got about two to three inches from his wife in a threatening posture, he shot the dog trying to protect his wife,” the man told police, according to the report.
Woodbury says the dog was retreating when he was shot. She says he was shot in the buttocks, which, she said, means the dog was not a threat at the time of the gunfire.
Georgetown Police Capt. Nelson Brown said the man who fired the shots, his wife and other residents in the neighborhood will be interviewed before it is determined if charges are warranted.

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