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A Castle Rock man told police Wednesday that he shot a husky after the dog killed two of his goats and injured a third.

The man had been fostering four goats for the Humane Society of Cowlitz County, Executive Director Charmaine Nawrocki confirmed Thursday. The husky, whose owner lives in Castle Rock, came onto the man’s property.

He reported that the husky was guarding the two killed goats and he had to kill the dog to save the injured goat, according to 911 call logs.

Castle Rock Police turned the incident over to the Humane Society.

Nawrocki said the investigation is ongoing and the Humane Society is “potentially” considering charges, but she didn’t specify which party is facing charges. Under city law, however, homeowners are permitted to kill animals that come onto their property if they are aggressive and pose a threat to residents or livestock, she said.

No one has been arrested at this time.

“It’s sad to see the loss of lives on both sides,” Nawrocki said. “We will do our best to make sure that everything is taken care of as far as the case goes.”

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