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A Butte resident shot and killed a neighbor’s dog Thursday after it went into his yard and attacked his dog.

Police responded to the 3300 block of Mantle Street about 4:45 p.m. on a report of someone firing a gun. Police discovered that a man shot a dog with a pistol because it was attacking his dog.

Witnesses told police a pit bull left its yard, went into the neighbor’s yard and attacked the neighbor’s dog, according to the report. The owners of the dogs tried to separate them, but the pit bull wouldn’t release the other dog. The man whose dog was being attacked went into his home, got a .38 Special and shot the pit bull. The dog died at the scene.

The police report didn’t indicate what type of dog was attacked or its condition.

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Sheriff John Walsh said the man likely will not be charged, because he was defending his dog on his property.

The man who owned the pit bull corroborated the story and didn’t demand further action, according to the report.

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