Vaughn Rice was charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animal and for discharging a firearm.
The 71-year old claims he had his reasons.
“The Akitas next door got out of his yard and came here to our deck and killed our Pomeranian,” says Rice.
Rice heard the barking and ran out to his deck where his Pomeranian was fighting for its life.
“The Akita charged me,” he says. “I grabbed a pair of loppers and struck the dog over the back and turned around and she ran out of the yard.”
His Pomeranian didn't survive the attack and was put to sleep. He says his other Pomeranian was also attacked previously by the Akitas and it too died.
Rice says he had had enough. The two Akita dogs live next door and took the law into his hands.
“I got a .22, come back outside and the dogs were going back into their yard and so I followed them over and put both dogs down,” he says. “I shot them both.”
That same afternoon, a one year old Boston Terrier was allegedly attacked by the Akita dogs. The dog eventually died.
“The dog came up right through here bit her on the back broke her back and she was paralyzed and she tried dragging herself with her front legs trying to save herself,” says Alex Mortensen who owns the Boston Terrier.
Rice says he's told the owner of the Akitas to take care of the problem. But he says she never did. Rice also claims children in the neighborhood were also afraid of the two dogs.
“Nobody wanted to get involved, so that's why I went over and put a stop to it,” he says.
And asked if he would do it again, Rice didn’t hesitate with his answer.
“Under the same circumstances I would,” he says.