5200 block of Hunter Boulevard
COLLIER COUNTY — A Collier deputy shot and injured a dog in apparent self defense after responding to an animal complaint in Golden Gate on Tuesday.
The dog, a 3-year-old female pit bull named Angel, was not killed in the shooting but was later euthanized after its owner surrendered it to Domestic Animal Services. A spokeswoman for the agency said the dog had been shot in the face, next to its nose.
The shooting occurred Wednesday morning at the 5200 block of Hunter Boulevard when a deputy responded to an animal complaint. As the deputy stepped out of his car, the dog charged, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kristi Lester said. Fearing for his safety, the deputy fired at the animal.
The injured dog ran from the property before returning to the home's garage, Lester said. Its owner returned to the home shortly after.
No one was injured at the scene.
Al Smith, a Realtor in the area at the time, said he called deputies about the dog after seeing it push down the gate in a yard behind a duplex. The dog then began to menace residents in the driveway of a neighboring unit, Smith said.
A deputy arrived and parked off the road. As the officer exited the car and walked around it to approach the house, the pit bull came at him, Smith said. The deputy fended the dog off with his foot before pulling a firearm.
"He leveled the weapon at the dog for about 20 seconds and started yelling at the dog, to get it to back off," Smith said.
When the dog didn't leave, the deputy shot him once, Smith said. The round appeared to enter the dog's mouth, he said. The animal bolted down 19th Ct. SW, Smith said, before returning back to the property, behind the house.