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June 16, 2010

Pit bull shot dead in Derry

DERRY — A pit bull was shot and killed after attacking a beagle on South Avenue.

Police responded to a call Sunday about 5:30 p.m., after an incident between the two dogs at 35 South Ave. Officers found the dead pit bull, which received two gunshot wounds, lying in the yard. The beagle suffered bites on its throat and neck.

The owner of the beagle told police he was tying his dog to his deck when the pit bull attacked from a nearby yard. Police said the pit bull's owner lives on Desmarais Avenue.

The beagle's owner said he was bitten by the pit bull when he tried to free his dog.

Police said the man then drew a handgun and fired a warning shot near the pit bull, which didn't stop the attack. The man then fired two more shots at the pit bull, killing the dog.

The man told police he had his handgun because the same pit bull had been aggressive toward both he and his dog in the past.

The pit bull owner was notified of the incident and came to get his dog. The beagle was taken to a veterinarian to be treated.

Police did not identify either dog owner. Derry police still are investigating the incident, and no charges have been filed. No one at the South Avenue apartment building could be reached for comment yesterday.

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