PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - A jogger toting a .40-caliber handgun during his
morning run shot a Rottweiler in the leg after the dog "almost took my hand
off," he told police.
Shane Powers, 33, told officers on Thursday
that the 7-year-old Rottweiler named Sasha ran across the street and started to
"The animal snapped, it almost took my
hand off," police quoted Powers.
Powers pulled out the Glock semiautomatic and
fired three shots, one of which hit the dog in the right leg, police said.
Sasha's leg was later amputated.
"I love my dog and it's going to be very
hard for me to even deal with this, but I don't have a choice," said June
Kniskern, the dog's owner. "They took everything off. There's no stub or
Kniskern said Sasha was a friendly, lovable
Assistant State Attorney Bruce Harrison said
Friday it's too early to say if Powers will face criminal charges.
Powers, a regular jogger, said he got the
permit to "exercise my God-given right to self defense."
"I've had other dogs harass me in the
past, but never anything like this," said Powers. "Never where I
thought I had to use force to defend my life."
Powers said he planned to start running at a
gym instead of outside.
The dog was in stable condition at a West Palm
Beach animal hospital after her leg was amputated. Kniskern expected medical
bills to total at least $2,000.
Kniskern will receive two $20 citations, one
charging her with letting Sasha run loose, another for not having a current city
license, said Melissa Behres, a supervisor in the city's animal control