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A man shot and killed a large dog at a New Hampshire rest stop on Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to free his own dog from its jaws, officials said.

The incident occurred at about 1:10 p.m. near the General Store at the Hooksett Rest Area on Interstate 93.

There, a large dog jumped out of a car window, after spotting the smaller dog passing by with its owners, New Hampshire State Police said in a statement.

After trying multiple times to free his dog, the owner shot at the attacking dog from close range and killed it, the statement said.

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The man’s dog was also injured in the attack. The dog was taken to a veterinarian in the Concord, N.H. area for treatment, according to State Police.

The incident remains under investigation.


Olivia Quintana can be reached at olivia.quintana@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @oliviasquintana.