Police: Oregon man stabs pit bull in self-defense

The scene deputies were called to, on a report of a male attacking a dog. (Washington Co. Sheriff's Office)

Deputies say a man stabbed an "aggressive" pit bull in self-defense, after it confronted him while he was walking his dogs.

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a male attacking a dog in the 400 block of N 10th Ave. in Cornelius Saturday morning.

When they arrived, they learned the pit bull had attacked one of the leashed dogs, causing the leased dog minor injury. That's when the man stabbed the pit bull to prevent further harm to his dogs.

The pit bull later succumbed to its injuries at a veterinary clinic, where it was euthanized.

It is not known at this time who owns the pit bull.

Washington County Code requires dogs to be restrained by leashes, tethers or other physical control device and under the physical control of a capable person, unless the dog is in an enclosed area specifically designated for dogs to be without a leash or on its owner's or keeper's own property.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact deputies at 503-629-0111.

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