- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say they will not charge a bicyclist who shot a military veteran’s service dog.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1kBaDro) Powell resident Jeffrey Brandt shot the Belgian Malinois after the dog attacked him on Oct. 10.

Brandt told Park County sheriff’s deputies he feared for his life and used his bike to shield himself from the attack until he could reach his revolver in a holster on the bicycle.

Sheriff’s officials say the dog was a caring companion to his owner, but had also attacked a 70-year-old man earlier this year.

The dog and Matthew Bessler had served two tours in Iraq together and the dog helped Bessler with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Bessler tells the newspaper he is disgusted with the sheriff’s department.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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