Saturday morning, a man was walking his dogs in Cornelius when he and the dogs were confronted by an aggressive pit bull. The man defended himself and his dogs by stabbing the pit bull. The pit bull later succumbed to its injuries at a veterinary clinic. The owner of the pit bull is unknown.
The incident happened in the 400 block of N 10th Avenue, near the railroad tracks.
When Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrived, they learned man was out walking his two dogs when an aggressive adult male pit bull confronted them and attacked one of the leashed dogs. The pit bull caused minor injuries to one of the dogs. The man stabbed the pit bull to protect himself and prevent further harm to his dogs.
Deputies transported the injured pit bull to a local veterinary clinic, where he had to be euthanized.
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.