SHAMOKIN — An investigation is continuing into an incident Monday night in the 300 block of South Rock Street involving a pit bull being shot and killed by a concerned citizen after it reportedly bit its owner and engaged in a fight with another dog.
Patrolman Raymond Siko II said David Mackerley, 32, of Shamokin, was walking his pit bull north on South Rock Street shortly before 7:30 p.m. when a Chihuahua ran out of a nearby home and began fighting with the dog. Police said both canines became very aggressive with each other and the pit bull bit Mackerley on his left hand, causing bleeding, as he attempted to separate the dogs.
Siko said a concerned neighbor, who was not identified by police due to the ongoing investigation, heard the disturbance and fired a warning shot from a handgun into the woods in an attempt to separate the dogs and prevent Mackerley from suffering serious injuries.
Police said the warning shot didn’t startle the dogs as they kept fighting, prompting the neighbor to shoot and strike the pit bull from about 3 feet away before firing another shot that killed the dog.
Mackerley refused medical treatment at the scene and told police he would seek medical attention on his own.
Siko and Cpl. Bryan Primerano remained at the scene for about two hours.
Siko said he contacted Northumberland County Dog Warden Brandi Burkett and a humane officer from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals about the incident and to take custody of the dead pit bull.
Police said no charges have been filed in the investigation.