Alaska State Troopers were forced to shoot a pit bull to death Monday evening after the dog attacked a horse being ridden along the Sterling Highway near Good Time Charlie's.
Troopers responded to a report that the dog was chasing a horse with a rider near Mackey Lake Road at about 7:40 p.m., and tried, with the help of the dog's owner, Roger Burnett, 30, of Soldotna, to get the dog to stop.
According to Trooper Mark Pearson, the dog would not respond and had to be shot.
"I had to shoot her twice. The dog was running on adrenaline," Pearson said.
The horse had bites on all four legs, one on the lip where the horse's rein was bitten through, and reportedly it was bitten on the neck, though no bleeding was detected, according to Pearson.
A veterinarian was called and treated the horse at the scene. It was then taken to the owner's residence.
The 14-year-old female rider was not injured.
Pearson said Burnett had been doing maintenance work at the bar and the dog was outside, when the incident occurred.
No citations were reported.
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