Dog walker shoots pit bull during attack in Palm Bay, police say

No charges to be filed against shooter; dog euthanized

PALM BAY, Fla. – A dog walker shot a pit bull that was later euthanized after a man said his neighbor's dog attacked him in Palm Bay, according to police.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the 900 block of Granata Avenue.

The man told police he and his dog were walking on Granata Avenue when they were attacked by two dogs, including a 4-year-old brindle pit bull named Sammy.

"I can't think about anything but my dog," owner Mikayla Butcher told News 6 on Friday. "She was my everything," the 19-year-old said.

The man shot at Samy with his .380 handgun and struck the dog a couple of times, a police report obtained by News 6 stated.

The dog was taken to Eau Gallie Veterinary Hospital, where it was euthanized.

"There were two bullets in her lungs. She would have needed two surgeries and I didn't want to put her through that," Butcher said.

No charges will be filed against the 53-year-old man who shot the dog, police said.

The police report said Sammy was on a leash, which was tied to a stake but she pulled the stake out of the ground.

Police said the man reported that Butcher's dog bit him and hurt his own dog, too. He said that, before shooting his handgun, he tried kicking the dog.

"My dog was an angel. She would not hurt a thing," Butcher said.

News 6 called the man on Friday, but he didn't pick up or call back.

The man has a concealed weapons permit.

The police report takes his side, saying he acted in self-defense.

"Pit bulls are misjudged because of how other people have treated them," Butcher said.

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