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Man Allegedly Shoots, Injures Pit Bull in Self Defense

By Deneisha Pearson
By dpearson@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Robert Collins says he was inside his mother-in-laws home when he saw three pit bulls coming through their back yard.

By the time he got to the front door to warn his father he says one of the dogs was rushing toward him so he fired in self defense.

"[As] soon as he saw me he just charged at me and I didn't have any choice but to shoot him," Robert Collins said.

It happened on Hillary Dr. shortly before 11 Sunday morning. The dog, who Collins says was only three feet away from him, ran off into the woods. Dusty Collins, Robert's Father, says he didn't know what was happening, but the trail of blood was a telling sign.

"And all of a sudden, I just heard a boom, and I jumped up and looked and I seen a dog crippling going away," Dusty Collins said.

The men say they're not sure how the dogs got into the back yard or where they came from.

"I hated to do it, but it was either me or the dog. So, I had to do what I had to do," Robert Collins said.

A collar was left in the front yard meaning the dogs might have an owner. Jackson police say if the canines belong to someone, the attack is a violation of the city leash ordinance, and the owners could face a citation.

Two of the dogs were described as blonde haired pit bulls, one of them having white markings. The dog who allegedly charged Robert Collins is a gray colored pit, also with white marks.

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