Fatal shooting of dog in front of owner apparently legal - KCTV5

Fatal shooting of dog in front of owner apparently legal

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Milo Milo
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

People in east Nashville have been buzzing for days over a dog that was shot dead last week, right in front of its owner.

Apparently, when the owner opened his back gate to pull a vehicle into the driveway, his dogs ran out and got into a fight with two other dogs being walked in an alley.

That's when the fatal shot was fired, and - surprising as it may sound - there's nothing illegal about it.

"There's that saying on one of the bumper stickers: '37206, where everyone knows your dog's name,' and in a lot of ways, that's true," said witness Julie Sola.

That's why so many are disturbed by what they say happened last week in one east Nashville alley.

A 10-year-old Jack Russell named Milo slipped out of his yard on Forrest Avenue, and witnesses said Milo and his owners' other two dogs got aggressive with another man's two dogs that happened to be walking by on leashes.

"We heard yelling, then a dog getting kicked and yelping. We were like, 'Oh, my God, what is going on?'" Sola said.

Both men worked to separate the dogs from fighting, but Sola said what happened next is unspeakable.

According to the police report, the man told Milo's owner that if Milo would not stop attacking his dogs, he would have to shoot it. The man told police that's when Milo's owner to him to "do it."

The man told police he removed a concealed firearm from his waistband, placed the barrel next to the terrier's body and pulled the trigger in defense of his own dog's life.

Police found that the man had a valid gun carry permit on file, and deadly force is allowed by law in order to protect yourself or your property - in this case, the man's dogs are considered property.

"I hope it's an isolated incident, because as long as I've been here, I've never heard of that happening. This is the first time I've ever heard of it happening," said east Nashville dog owner Jim Johnson.

Pet owners in the area say they'll be extra careful from now on, not knowing whose dog may be next.

"We're all traumatized," Sola said.

Channel 4 News has been unable to reach the man who shot Milo.

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