Dog attacks, woman fires gun; prosecutor mulling charges

The Prescott city prosecutor is reviewing whether to file charges of discharging a firearm within city limits after a woman told an officer she shot at a large pit bull dog Monday that jumped up on her backyard fence while she was in her fenced yard with her 4-year-old and 7-month-old children and their small dog, said Prescott Police Lt. Andy Reinhardt.

When the officer told the woman that he would forward the report to the city prosecutor for review, she said she understood, but had only shot at the dog out of self-defense, according to the police report.

The woman told the officer that she, her children, and their dachshund were in their fenced backyard on Bear Drive after 5 p.m. when her dog started barking next to the fence, and the pit bull came over to the fence and started climbing it.

The woman said she put her children inside her house, shut the door, and called her dog to come to her, but the pit bull jumped up on the fence and was about to get over so she shot one round at the dog, police said. The woman told the officer she was in fear for herself, her children, and her dog and that she had called Animal Control about this dog in the past.

The woman said she did not think she hit the pit bull, which ran to her front yard and left just before the officer arrived.

Another officer found the pit bull with its owner who said her children had accidentally let the dog out, told the owner about the incident, and took the pit bull to Animal Control, according to the police report.