FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper shot a Rottweiler to death after the animal reportedly lunged at him Tuesday morning from the back of a pickup truck parked along the Parks Highway just south of Fairbanks, troopers said.
The trooper stopped to assist when he saw the occupied truck, which was partially in the road, said trooper Sgt. Scott Waggoner, who declined to give the trooper's name. The 100-pound Rottweiler looked calm, but it began growling as the trooper got closer, Waggoner said. He said the trooper fired three shots in self defense when the dog pounced.
The Rottweiler's owner, Dan Brotherton, denied that the dog attacked the trooper. He said the dog, which traveled with him regularly, fell off the flatbed truck after being shot and did nothing to warrant being killed.
Brotherton, owner of Arctic Drilling, and an employee had been driving to Nenana to drill a well. They stopped along the highway, about nine miles south of Fairbanks, when Brotherton's cellular phone rang. The dog, named Missy, was riding in the back of the truck.
Brotherton said he did not see or hear the trooper pull up behind his truck. He said his dog must have growled and barked at the approaching trooper.
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