The owners of two pit bulls want answers after their dogs were killed after the animals got loose and ended up in someone else's yard.
TV5 caught up with the person who shot them and he says he did it in self-defense.
Kim Norton says he loves his chickens and did everything to protect them from pit bulls that came to his backyard last Sunday.
"I hollered at them, raised the stick and tried to holler at them and say, ‘get out of here,'" said Norton, who lives in Portsmouth Township, south of Bay City.
The Bay County resident says one of the dogs wasn't leaving. "That's when he attacked me and I found that there was another dog, another pit bull," said Norton.
With stick and hatchet in hand, Norton said he did his best to scare the dogs away but it didn't work. "I fended him off for probably, it wasn't that long, maybe about thirty seconds," said Norton.
He says the animals went back to the chicken coop a second time. That's when Norton went in the house to get his gun. By the time he got back outside, "the black one ran right toward me growling and snarling. I wasn't going to let him get close and I dropped at about 15 yards," said Norton.
Then, he said, the second dog decided to attack. "The other one heard the shot, came running at me and I shot that one, too," Norton said.
Both dogs died and their owner is angry. He's created a Facebook page blasting Norton for what he did. But Norton tells TV5 he did not intend on killing the pit bulls.
"I tried to scare them away. If it would've been my intention to begin with, I would've gone and got the gun the first thing," Norton said.
Norton, a dog owner himself, says the animals left him with only one possible option - firing his gun to save his chickens. He can't understand why anyone would criticize him for that.
"If you can't protect your dog and keep your dog safe - don't blame it on somebody else when they protect their own property," said Norton. The homeowner told TV5 this is the second time he's had to deal with stray dogs in his yard.
TV5 reached out to dog owners through Facebook by sending them messages to call us so we could talk to them about this story. So far, they have not responded.
Bay County Animal Control handled the follow-up to the incident but they aren't releasing details because the case may end up in court.
Click here to see the Facebook page set up by the dog's owner.
Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:32:53 GMT
A dispute has brought construction on Southbound I-75 to a halt. The state has issued a stop work order on a project to repave a portion of the expressway in Saginaw County.Copyright 2013 WNEM (MeredithMore >
A dispute has brought construction on Southbound I-75 to a halt. The state has issued a stop work order on a project to repave a portion of the expressway in Saginaw County.More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 2:01 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:01:03 GMT
A 20-year-old Hemlock woman is very lucky to be walking away from a car vs. tree crash that ended with rescuers cutting down the tree to free her. The crash happened Sunday morning around 9:30 a.m. SaginawMore >
A 20-year-old Hemlock woman is very lucky to be walking away from a car vs. tree crash that ended with rescuers cutting down the tree to free her.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:55 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:55:31 GMT
Tom Schaefer could not believe what he saw while he was at work Sunday. The business next door was going up in flames. Bay Valley Millwork is located on Wilder road in Bay City. Fire tore through the businessMore >
Tom Schaefer could not believe what he saw while he was at work Sunday. The business next door was going up in flames.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 12:16 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:16:00 GMT
There were some scary moments for an Isabella County family over the weekend after they were the victims of a home invasion. Isabella County Sheriff's officials say a 30-year-old man kicked in the doorMore >
There were some scary moments for an Isabella County family over the weekend after they were the victims of a home invasion.More >