Roseville resident shoots and kills dog

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 11, 2017

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Roseville police were dispatched to the 26000 block of Lehner Street at approximately 10:30 a.m. July 8 after a 52-year-old Roseville resident shot a pit bull that had attacked the resident’s dog, according to a police press release July 10.

Police described the 52-year-old’s dog as a “mastiff type breed” that was on a leash.

“As the complainant was walking with his dog, a pit bull type dog and some form of Lab mix that were in the rear yard of a Lehner Street home that the complainant was passing were able to squeeze themselves out between a gap in the fence, and escape the back yard,” police stated in the release.

Once the pit bull was free from the yard, it attacked the 52-year-old’s dog.

“We had at least three independent witnesses to the attack that said the guy was just walking along with his dog, and the pit bull charged him and his dog,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said.

The release stated that, according to witnesses, “the man first tried to physically fight off the pit bull’s attack on his dog and was unsuccessful.”

“Fearing for his dog’s life, the man pulled a handgun and shot the offending pit bull twice, killing the dog,” the release stated.

Berlin added that the Roseville resident “had a (concealed pistol license) and his gun was registered to him.”

The resident’s dog had “numerous lacerations to his face and head area,” according to the release.

“He’s going to be OK. He had to have emergency veterinarian care, but the wounds do not appear to be life-threatening,” said Berlin.

The pit bull’s owner was ticketed for harboring a vicious animal and charged with two counts of unlicensed dogs, according to Berlin.

The incident is under investigation and will be reviewed by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, according to police.