Owner shoots pit bull after it attacks neighbor’s dog in Chugiak

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 20:24

UPDATE (10 a.m. June 5): According to the Anchorage Police Department, the dog that was attacked died in the incident. The owner of the pit bull called the Star to say the other dog ran onto her property unleashed, at which her dog broke free from the hold she had on the leash and attacked the smaller dog. APD said neither owner was cited.


The owner of a pit bull shot the animal last week after it attacked another dog in Chugiak. The pit bull was later euthanized.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, police were called to Chamber Lane at around 6:45 p.m. on May 30. According to police, the pit bull’s owner — who they did not identify — lost control of the dog’s leash, at which point the pit bull chased and attacked a neighbor’s small dog.

“The owner of the small dog attempted to pry the pit bull’s mouth open but was unable to,” Oistad wrote in a synopsis of the incident. “The owner of the pit bull then shot the pit bull to save the neighbor’s small dog and keep any people from being bit.”

Oistad said the pit bull was taken to a veterinarian and euthanized, but she had no information about the condition of the dog that was attacked. However, she did say police found no probable cause to support a criminal case.

CORRECTION: A previous version said the pit bull owner shot and killed the dog.

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