Dog bites man, man shoots dog

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MANCHESTER, NH — Just after 1 p.m. on May 5 officers responded to a 911 call at 180 Bowman St. reporting that a neighbor was attacked and bitten by a loose pit bull.

The dog-bite victim, a 67-year-old man, told officers he had just exited his house to take his small dog for a walk and was headed south on Bowman Street when he noticed a large aggressive dog running toward him from a Bowman Street residence. The man said the pit bull was trying to get at his smaller dog and the man was trying to keep the pit bull away, which is when he sustained a dog bite to his right arm.

Police say the man was pulled to the ground by the pit bull, which eventually let go of his arm. The ma was trying to gather himself and got back on his feet to walk away, when he told police that the pit bull came running back at him, full speed.  The man, who was carrying a handgun, shot the pit bull in self-defense, police said, out of fear of being attacked again

The man sustained non-life threatening injuries to his right arm and is being treated at a local hospital. The  pit bull was transported to a local Veterinary Hospital for treatment of a single gunshot wound.

The case is under investigation and there is no further information that will be disseminated at this time. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 603-668-8711