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Owner of shot dogs speaks out

Published On: Jul 28 2013 09:56:05 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 29 2013 04:04:12 PM CDT

Photo courtesy of Pepper's owner

Pepper, the dog that died.

JANESVILLE, Wis. -

A Janesville man shot two pit bull-type dogs Saturday night after they charged toward him and cornered him in his garage.

Janesville police said an investigation showed a resident shot the dogs belonging to his neighbor after the dog's left the owner's property and charged toward the man in his garage.

Police said the man felt threatened by the dogs and shot them both. One was found dead in the garage, which the other went back to the neighbor's house.

Police said all the shots were fired within the resident's single car garage, and evidence supports the resident's story. Police plan to forward the case to the district attorney's office for possible charges.

But on Sunday, the dogs' owner, Maria Ochs, spoke to WISC-TV3 and said that the dogs were the victims in the incident.

"I rehabilitated these dogs," said Ochs. "They were microchipped, they had their shots, they were spayed. There was nothing wrong with these dogs. They had no violent history."

Janesville police responded to the incident at 7:50 p.m. Saturday at 1430 Sharon Road, according to the release.

Ochs said her surviving dog was shot seven times.

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