Man Says He Shot Dog In Self-Defense, Owner Outraged

Man Says He Shot Dog In Self-Defense, Owner Outraged

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It happened just outside of Watertown off Eastern Boulevard on Sunday night. Apollo, a rottweiler, was shot and killed.

"He lunged at me twice really hard, then he rears back and comes up and when he went back the last time, I made a conscious decision that I had to end this now. Broke my heart," said Donald McGrann, who shot the dog.

He says Apollo, a neighbor's rottweiler, was menacing his dog, Casey. McGrann tried to protect his dog - yelling and kicking at Apollo to go.

It didn't work so he shot the dog out of self-defense. McGrann says Apollo got loose regularly and was aggressive to his dogs. He says he told Apollo's family years ago that he would shoot Apollo if he and his dogs were threatened by it.

"I did not want to see that dog die in any way, shape or form, but it was their job to contain him so he wasn't in the neighborhood all the time and my dogs always seem to be the mark," said McGrann.

But one of Apollo's owners, Deshawn Fey, says they kept Apollo on a heavy chain. They say he had a brand new collar and the clip broke the night he was shot. Fey also says Apollo was not an aggressive dog.

"My dog's never attacked anybody. He's the nicest thing, he'll lick you to death, he'll lay up on you. He's a big dog. He's a 110 pound rottweiler but he's never attacked anybody," said Fey.

Police investigated and both sides say the shooting was deemed self-defense. McGrann did not get in any trouble. Now Apollo's family says they want justice.

"How do you do that to a family? That's like someone shooting a kid. That was my kid, that was my baby. It's just unacceptable and to just be getting away with it is even worse," said Fey. "He just got to go home with a gun that he just killed an animal with for no reason. At the least he should have had his weapon confiscated."

Meanwhile, McGrann says he's sorry for what happened.

"I'm heartbroken beyond words what happened and it was 100 percent last resort. He's their friendly little dog in their home. On the street it's a different story," said McGrann.

We checked with Jefferson County Dog Control, which says it did have a couple of complaints about Apollo running loose in the past.

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