After dogs fight, one dog shot and killed by neighbor in Tooele
(KUTV) — Police in Tooele are investigating the shooting death of a dog. The dog was shot and killed by a neighbor in the middle of the street, after two dogs got into a fight.
Breanna Wood, the owner of Kenta, the 2-year-old Akita that was shot and killed, said she is mourning the loss of her dog.
"It's unreal. I still can't believe how it happened," she said.
Police are still trying to confirm the stories of both dog owners but said shooting a dog on the street is not illegal if the dog is a threat.
"You are allowed to protect your animals, your kids, yourself if you are being attacked by an animal," said Sgt. Jeremy Hansen.
On Oct. 10, Wood said she let Kenta out into the fenced yard of her house.
Moments later, she looked out and the dog was digging under the fence and on his way out. While Kenta was on the sidewalk, she tried to get him, but he went after a lab at the end of the street.
At first, the dogs were friendly, she said.
"They were sniffing each other, wagging their tails," she said.
Then, the started fighting viciously.
The owner of the lab came out of his house and tried to help. Wood said she heard his wife yelling from the house to get the gun. The man warned Wood that if she didn't hurry and get her dog off of his, he'd get the gun.
At this point, Wood said she'd been trying to pry Kenta from the other dog. She was bitten several times in the process, although she's not sure by which dog.
The man got his gun.
"He said, 'Move over, lady,'" Wood recalled.
She said he then fired three shots at Kenta's head.
Hansen said a neighbor has surveillance video that may have captured the events that led to the shooting. That will help officers determine what, exactly, happened.
He said in Tooele, homeowners are required to keep their dogs on their property.
The man who shot Kenta told officers the dog fight started on his yard and moved into the street.
"I know my dog got out and got in a fight, but I was trying my hardest to break it up. I think there could have been other options, " Wood said.
Both dogs were quarantined for a rabies check. The dog that lived is quarantined in his home.
Wood says as soon as Kenta's body is released to her, she will cremate his remains.