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Deputies shoot two dogs, killing one during attack outside St. Petersburg home

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies shot two dogs Wednesday, killing one, during an investigation of a complaint that the animals were trying to get into a man's home, authorities said.

Deputies said Howard McGinness, 69, told deputies he didn't feel safe leaving his home at 5433 43rd St. N because two large Labrador-American bulldog mix dogs that live on the same property were running loose and aggressively trying to get into the home.

Deputies Travis Roberts and Perry Warner later encountered the dogs, Lilly and Nickey, bounding toward them.

Roberts ran back into the street but Lilly attacked, deputies said, and he killed the dog as it bit his leg.

Nickey also charged and both deputies shot the dog, which suffered a wound to the leg.

Roberts was treated for puncture wounds and scratches to his leg, the Sheriff's Office said.

The dog's leg may have to be amputated, deputies said. The dogs' litter of puppies was unharmed.

The dogs' owners, Michael W. Holmes, 36, and Crystal Johnson, 36, were not home at the time of the attack, deputies said.

This was the third incident in the past two weeks in St. Petersburg in which law enforcement officers shot dogs.

A pit bull named Tank, which had been known to attack and already had bitten at least one person when police arrived, was shot by a St. Petersburg police officer recently, officials said.

The animal ran away, leaving a trail of blood, said police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

It was unclear if the dog survived.

Last week, police killed an 8-month-old pit bull-Shar-Pei mix named D-Bo when, they say, it attacked an officer.

The family denied the dog attacked.

Deputies shoot two dogs, killing one during attack outside St. Petersburg home 08/03/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 11:13pm]
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