The loose animal reportedly attacked one of the man's own dogs before the man intervened.

COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - A pit bull was fatally stabbed after it reportedly attacked a resident's dog near the railroad tracks at North 10th Avenue in Cornelius.A loose pit bull attacked a leashed dog in a Cornelius neighborhood Saturday, Jan. 13, prompting the latter dog's owner to stab it to death, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

The owner, a resident of the area, was walking his two dogs when they were "confronted" by a pit bull, which attacked one of the dogs, according to the Sheriff's Office. The man, acting in defense of himself and his dogs, reportedly intervened and stabbed the pit bull, inflicting injuries that proved to be fatal.

The incident occurred in the 400 block of North 10th Avenue in Cornelius, with sheriff's deputies responding to an emergency call at 7:32 a.m. Saturday, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies transported the pit bull to a local veterinary clinic, where it was euthanized.

Sheriff's Detective Robert Rookhuyzen said deputies believe the man used a pocketknife he was carrying to wound the pit bull.

It is not clear who owns the deceased dog, Rookhuyzen said.

The leashed dog that was attacked suffered what the Sheriff's Office described as "minor injuries."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

Saturday's incident comes just over a month after a similar incident in Gaston, in which a man reportedly shot a loose pit bull that attacked his neighbor after mauling his dog.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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