Woman says jogger fatally shot her dog

Deputies don't plan to file charges

DELTONA, Fla. – A woman wants a jogger to be held accountable after she said he fatally shot her dog outside her home Wednesday night.

"The man took out his gun and shot him just like that," Nancy Harmon said.

Harmon is now heartbroken after having to bury her rescue dog, named Lucky, in her backyard.

"She never ever bit anybody or harmed anybody. She was just a pet, a pet dog," Harmon said.

Harmon said Lucky was a pit bull-mix puppy, who escaped from their home around 8:30 p.m.

"She ran out the door and she got as far as the street and he shot her," she said.

A 42-year-old man jogging past Harmon's home told deputies he shot the dog because he felt threatened when the dog charged at him.

"She was very protective over the land,  and she was rarely ever loose," said Susan Munoz, who is Harmon's next-door neighbor.

Munoz said Lucky was not a vicious dog. She said she's more concerned about a neighbor carrying a gun in the first the place.

"What if he would have missed and the bullet ricocheted off of something and came through a window?" Munoz said.

Harmon now wants the man to be held accountable after taking the life of her pet and fears that he might shoot again.

"All my neighbors that have dogs. I want to tell them, be very careful because if your poor dog happens to get out and run outside, this man's going to come and shoot it down. I mean, the whole neighborhood has to be in fear," Harmon said.

Deputies said they don't plan to file charges because the man said he felt threatened and does have a gun permit.

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Loren Korn is a native Texan who joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2014. She was born and raised in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism.