LPD: Man Justified in Shooting Dog

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Lincoln police say a man was justified in shooting his ex-wife's dog after it jumped a fence and acted aggressively.

Police were called to the 600 block of Windsor Drive Monday night just before 6 p.m. Officer Katie Flood said a 58 year old man was outside when a labrador-pitbull mix next door, which belongs to his ex-wife, jumped the fence into his yard.

The man told officers the dog had jumped the fence before and had a history of being aggressive. This time the man said the dog was barking, growling and salivating. The man got his pets inside and a woman and her children also went into a safe room inside the house. Police say the dog tried to follow them inside through the dog door.

The man told officers he went back outside to try to shoo the dog away, but it turned on him and cornered him in his yard. The man told police the dog came at him and he shot it once.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian and is expected to live. Lincoln police did not cite the man for firing his gun because they felt the shooting was justified and he was threatened.

Animal control is investigating the incident to see if any more action is required.