YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man is facing firearm charges after police said he shot a dog, firing a gun several times within the city limits.
That man — 62-year-old William Slanina — said he was simply protecting himself and his two dogs, however. He said the dog has been unleashed and terrorizing people on Early Road, and he has filed complaints about it in the past.
Slanina told police that he was walking his two dogs, a Yorkie and Bichon, in a field that he owns when the Cane Corso charged him around 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police report.
Slanina told WKBN that he yelled at the dog and then fired the gun three times to scare it away. The fourth shot hit the dog in the shoulder when it continued to charge at him, he said.
He said he was on his property at the time of the shooting.
“I was trying to protect my property as well as myself,” he said.
However, witnesses told police that the dog was shot in the street where people and children were nearby.
Slanina was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits. He also turned his gun over to police.
Police found a blood trail starting at the walkway and leading up to the house. No shell casings were found, the report stated.
The dog was taken to a local veterinary clinic for treatment.
The dog’s owner wasn’t charged at the time of the incident.