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Oklahoma City woman shoots, kills attacking dogs

The mother of an Oklahoma County commissioner shot and killed two dogs while they attacked her son's dog in a south Oklahoma City neighborhood.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: February 18, 2011

Charlotte Maughan was too flustered to find her gun, so she grabbed her husband's.

“It's a 9 mm,” she said. “I had said to him, ‘We need to go to the range and let me practice with this gun.' I didn't know if I could shoot it. Well, I can.”

She walked out of her southwest Oklahoma City home, told the crowd to step back and shot and killed two dogs attacking her family's dog.

“I didn't know what else to do,” she said.

Maughan was not cited, but the owners of the two attacking dogs were.

Maughan, 60, said the family dog, Mollie, is owned by her son, Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan. The dog spends time at both of their homes and with a neighbor.

Charlotte Maughan said she was walking Mollie across the street to her son's house when two dogs attacked.

“I screamed,” she said. “I just dropped my purse. ... I picked up rocks and threw them at them. I kicked at them. Brian was doing the same thing. He went in the backyard and got rebar and hit them with that, and they still wouldn't budge.”

Brian Maughan said it was one of the scariest moments of his life.

“They shot after the dog, ripping her end to end,” he said. “The flesh (was) literally torn down to the bone.”

The dogs picked up Mollie and dragged her through the street and other yards, Charlotte Maughan said.

“Blood was coming out of her mouth,” she said, “and I thought she was gone.”

Neighbors arrived and tried to help pull the dogs apart, Charlotte Maughan said. An older neighbor was swatting at the attacking dogs with her broom.

“To witness that firsthand, it's the most helpless feeling,” she said.

Maughan said she thought her dog would die, so she decided to get her gun.

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