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Officials are investigating the shooting death of a dog following a dog attack of an 80-year-old man.

The man was walking in front of his home when a mixed breed, reportedly bolted out of the house and attacked him. One of the neighbors heard the chaos and ran outside armed with his pistol. While the dog was still attacking the man he fired one gunshot, according to Claremont Police. The dog disengaged from biting the man due to the gun shot.

The man suffered dog bites to his chest and side. He was transported to Pomona Valley Medical Center for treatment and released. The dog’s owner took him to the veterinarian where he died.

The neighbor who shot the dog said the animal was attacking the man at the time, but the dog owner denied it and said the man with the weapon overreacted and put her 12-year-old daughter in danger.

“The dog was on the ground. There was no more danger, and the guy came out of his house with a gun and right behind my back, at close range, shot and killed the dog as my daughter was reaching for him,” she said.

The gun used in the shooting is registered, and is now in police custody, police said.

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