Man shoots, kills dog that attacked and injured his dog at NH rest stop
HOOKSETT — Police responded to a report of a shooting of a dog at the northbound Hooksett Rest Area around 1:10 p.m. Wednesday.
Staff Sgt. Charles Johnson said police received information about an incident between two dog owners and their respective pets.
When they arrived on scene, police said shots had been fired and an animal had been killed by one of the bullets.
The larger dog broke free from its owners through an open window of their parked car upon seeing a much smaller dog pass by on foot with its owners. It attacked the small dog injuring it in the process, police said. As bystanders and the larger dog's owner tried to separate the animals, the owner of the small dog shot the larger dog at close range.
Johnson said the owner "pulled out his legally owned and carried firearm and shot and killed the larger animal."
Since the gun was fired in a public area, police are investigating the incident.
Johnson said police are "investigating this as a reckless conduct situation," but "at this point in time, it appears as though the shot and the firing of the weapon was justified."
Police said the smaller dog's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening and it was taken to a Concord-area veterinarian for treatment.
Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Mark Barrett at 603-271-3636.