ALBANY, Ga. -- Fearing an attack on his neighbor by a pit bull already attacking the neighbor's pit bull, Paul Hughes said he fatally shot the attacking dog.
The pit bulls were fighting before 1:15 p.m. Saturday on the 1100 block of 11th Avenue. The dogs could not be separated and having owned pit bulls in the past, Hughes decided to take action.
"I have owned four pit bulls in my life. I know they are dangerous unpredictable dogs," Hughes said. "I went in and grabbed my gun and fired a warning shot. I fired it in the air, then I shot the dog."
According to Hughes, his neighbor, Nigel Jones, was walking his dog Sheba on a leash when a puppy pit bull came down the street and started barking at Sheba. He heard the noise from his home.
Quickly, an older female pit bull, Zola, the mother of the puppy, escaped from a house up the street and tore into Sheba, Hughes said. Jones said he did not antagonize the puppy or its mother.
Jones tried to pull his dog's leash to separate the dogs. He failed. That is when Hughes got his gun.
"Once a pit bull has done that, once they have tasted blood, they are a changed dog," Jones said. "I was more concerned about Nigel than the dog."
A man who said he lived at the same house with Zola's owner up the street from the dogfight, said it was a case of a mother dog protecting her puppy.
An Albany Police Department email stated that "an information-only report was done and a follow-up will be done by rabies control. No charges have been) filed against any of the parties involved."