Williams man shoots dog to death after it attacked his horse

Carpenter said he took Tressa to the veterinarian, who said as long as they keep the wounds clean, she will be okay, in Williams, Oregon, on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

WILLIAMS, Ore.-- A Williams man shoots a dog to death after it attacked his horse. It all happened on Thursday morning.

Philip Carpenter said he just rescued the mare, Tressa, last week from a starvation situation up north. He said because she is still weak, she was not able to fight the pack of dogs.

He said it all started right when he woke up. He said he heard an unfamiliar bark. When he followed the sound, he found three dogs attacking Tressa. He said he yelled at the dogs, but then they started coming for him.

"It's terrible that I had to shoot someone's dog, I mean, I love dogs but they need to not be chasing animals," Carpenter said. "I mean, I'd do the same thing to my dog if he was chasing livestock, I'd shoot him."

He said he shot one of the dogs, and the other two ran off. He ended up shooting the dog to death so it would not suffer any longer.

According to Oregon Statute 609.150, any dog, while off the premises owned or under control of its owner, kills, wounds or injures any livestock not belonging to the master of such dog, is a public nuisance and may be killed immediately by any person.

Carpenter said he called the Sheriff's Office and Animal Control about the shooting.

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