Deputy shoots dogs who tried to attack him

A Jackson County sheriff's deputy was on a call when three pit bulls came after him, resulting in the deputy shooting and killing one of the dogs and injuring another, Sheriff Mike Byrd said this afternoon.

The sheriff said deputies got a report from three carpenters about the dogs chasing them into a house they were working on in the Vancleave community shortly after 1 p.m. today. When Deputy Johnny Sigalis arrived at the scene, the dogs came after him. One of the dogs, Byrd said, had a cat in its mouth when Sigalis fired.

The wounded dog and the other pit bull ran into a nearby wooded area, Byrd said, and Jackson County's animal control officers are searching for them.

The dogs, Byrd said, apparently have an owner, though authorities have not yet been able to reach them. Once they do, Byrd said, they will be charged with allowing the dogs to run loose.

He said the injured dog and the other dog, if and when they are captured,will be taken to the Jackson County Animal Shelter. He expected them to be euthanized as a result of the attack once they're found.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Friday's edition.