UPDATE - mystateline has posted an update to the story with an interview with the victim beagle owner, Jerry McCollom. The reporter did not bother to ask McCollom about the terror of being set upon by a pit bull and thinking his dog was going to die. They published video of McCollom apologizing to the pit bull owner for protecting his pet's life from the pit bull. mystateline added that the pit bull owner was ineffectually trying to disengage his pit bull from the beagle, McCollom said the pit bull was out of control
The update failed to repeat that the Winnebago county sheriff's office believes the beagle's owner's actions were justified and brought no charges against him.
Machesney Park - An unleashed pit bull rushed to attack a beagle on a public sidewalk and the beagle owner stabbed the pit bull 6 times to stop the attack, fatally injuring the attacking pit bull. The beagle owner stated "he was afraid for his life and property."
The reporting by mystateline leads with the sorrow of the attacking pit bull's owner and suggests that mystateline might be unhappy the beagle owner was able to protect himself and save his beagle's life. Mystateline prefers to believe that the pit bull that attacked the beagle was merely "confronting" the beagle.
Winnebago county sheriff's office believes the beagle's owner's actions were justified and brought no charges.
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