Tradie Shoots Dog, Saves Women's Lives
Australia - A tradesman saved the lives of two women being attacked by a pitbull by shooting it between the eyes with a nail gun. The man said he acted on instinct when he killed the animal, which was attacking a 17-year-old girl and her 43-year-old female relative. He and a partner were working in the area when they heard the cries.
"My partner grabbed a lump of timber and started hitting the dog and I grabbed a nail gun that we had, just as self-defence really, because the dog was going to attack anything that was near it. My partner hit the dog until it let go of the girl and the other woman dragged the girl back into the house. She probably had half a calf missing."
Despite being cornered, the dog would not be subdued and continued to attack witnesses. "It wasn't premeditated," he said, "it had finished having a go at her and it was trying to bite everyone." The tradesman, who gave a statement to police, said he regretted the animal's death. He has not yet spoken to the victims, but said he believes his actions were justified.
"I'm not happy that I shot someone's dog but I did what I had to do. Some family members thanked us."
Later, a young woman was seen crying over the animal's remains. Intrigued by the question of whether or not the trademan's actions were justified, New.com.au conducted a poll. Results showed that 96% of voters agreed with him shooting the dog.
96%: YES votes 13831 | 3%: NO votes 507