Family of man who shot Beach pit bull defends his actions

Posted at 11:53 PM, Jul 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-12 06:15:46-04

Three days after being attacked by a pit bull, Chewy is getting better, but he is still in rough shape.

"He's a little active, more active today," Ranisha Presbery, Chewy's owner, said. "When it first happened, he wasn't moving around at all. He couldn't even walk up the stairs."

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Presbery's husband shot the pit bull to save his dog.

The Presberys came to NewsChannel 3 after the pit bull's owner, Kristina Lugo, gave her side of the story.

"I wouldn't say he's an aggressive dog whatsoever," Lugo said. "Like I said, I have a two- and-a-half-year-old daughter who jumps on him like he's a horse. She pulls his ears."

The Presberys say Rocky, who is now on bed rest, is anything but the angel his owner portrays him as.

Sunday night, 10-year-old Jordan Presbery was walking his dog on Eddiestone Lane with his older brother when he says the pit bull lunged at him and Chewy.

"I thought he was going to kill him at first," Jordan said. "But again, he was just snapping at him, just took him by the neck and kept dragging him around."

Jordan's older brother then ran to get his parents. Jordan fought to break Chewy away from the pit bull.

"Still nipping at him and taunting him, he ran over to my husband," Ranisha said. "And my husband was basically trying to get the dog away."

Jordan's father held Chewy in his arms, but he says the pit bull kept attacking him, so he shot the dog.

The Presberys say it was the only option.

"He could have killed my son," Ranisha said. "He could have killed my dog."

They wish it didn't happen, especially as their son's young eyes looked on.

"I was scared," Jordan said. "'Because I never saw him shoot the gun before."