Thursday, November 23, 2017
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St. Petersburg man shoots, kills dog he considered a threat

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ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man shot and killed a dog Sunday afternoon when he said it tried to attack him.

Allen Coates, 67, was walking his two Yorkshire terriers about 3 p.m. when another dog ran up to him and snarled, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

Coates tried to retreat from the male American Bulldog-hound mix by backing away into a neighbor's yard, but the dog lunged at him in the 2700 block of Eighth Avenue N, Puetz said.

"He felt at some point the dog was about to attack and he started shooting the dog," Puetz said.

Coates fired three times. The owner, Andres Osorio-Rodriguez, 18, took the dog, Bruno, to a veterinarian, where it was euthanized, Puetz said.

Coates does not face charges.

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