Broward County

Neighbor Shoots and Kills Dog That Attacked Owner's Girlfriend in Lauderhill: Police

The incident happened in the 4700 block of Northwest 11th Court

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A woman was hospitalized after she was attacked by her boyfriend's dog that was shot and killed by a neighbor in Lauderhill Monday, officials said.

The incident happened in the 4700 block of Northwest 11th Court.

Lauderhill Police officials said the dog began attacking her when a neighbor shot the dog to protect the woman.

The dog was killed in the shooting. The woman was taken to Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with non-life threatening injuries to her hand, police said. Her identity was unknown.

The neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said he had no choice but to shoot the dog.

"When I heard the blood-curdling screams and I decided to go over there to help her, I ran back to the house and got my firearm," the man said. "When I got to the scene the animal had a hold of her and I jumped the fence, the animal came after me and I had to do what I had to do.”

The man said there were actually three dogs that had been involved but only one attacked the woman.

"There were three dogs total and they were all at each other at the same time and she was in the middle of them trying to break them up and she was getting mauled by the dog and I stepped in," he said. "I feel bad for the owner, I feel bad for the dog, I feel bad for the girl. But I wasn’t going to watch her get chewed up alive."

The dog's owner, whose girlfriend was attacked, thinks his neighbor overreacted.

"She's perfectly fine," the owner said. "I'm more worried about her than I am my dog, but I'm still infuriated that someone had the f------ audacity to go and try to get a free kill on a f------ dog."

The man isn't facing any charges, but said he feels awful about what happened.

"I’ve never had to do anything like this and I never want to have to do it again. It breaks my heart, I feel water in my eyes already," he said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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