Man shoots dog after being bitten, Miami Beach police say

Matt Ellis unlikely to face charges after shooting friend's dog

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor, Roy Ramos - Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A man shot a dog after the animal bit him Sunday afternoon in Miami Beach, authorities said.

Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, said officers found the wounded dog about 3:15 p.m. in the 600 block of 82nd Street. Rodriguez said the man knew the owner of the dog.

Matt Ellis said he was forced to shoot his friend's dog when the animal attacked him.

"It went nuts and locked down on my arm," Ellis said.

Ellis said the dog still had ahold of his arm as he went into another room to get the gun.

"I actually drug it to the case, opened up the case and grabbed the gun and shot it," Ellis said.

Ellis said he locked the dog in the room and called 911.

Paramedics took the dog to Knowles Animal Clinic for treatment. The dog was alert as paramedics loaded the animal into the ambulance.

The dog's condition was not disclosed.

Officers at the scene said Ellis is unlikely to face charges over the shooting.

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