The owner of a pair of Yorkies has no regrets about shooting to death a big, white dog that came at him and his pets as he walked them in an alley on Sunday afternoon.
"I knew it was going to kill him. So I drew my gun. It didn't fire. So I cocked it a second time, and it did" said Allen Coates.
About 18 months ago, a different dog attacked his Yorkie named "Joey." "It was going for him so I shot to kill. Because I said, it's never gonna happen again" he said.
"Bruno" is the name of the dead dog. It was an American Bulldog/hound. Bruno escaped the garage where he eats his meals, and darted into the alley. His owner is heartbroken.
"He was like my best friend. The best dog ever. He would not hurt a fly. I don't know why he proceeded to shoot at my dog" said Andres Osorio. His sister watched the entire incident. She heard Coates warn he would shoot if someone didn't control their dog.
"And that's when he shot him like three times and it was probably the worst thing I ever had witness and I did not want to witness that" said Manuela Osorio.
St. Petersburg Police say Allen Coates has a concealed weapons permit to carry the Rugar .380-caliber handgun he used to shoot the dog. Coates has a word of advise for pet owners. "Control your dogs. Don't let them attack people. Keep 'em on a leash. Be responsible."
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