A man told deputies he returned to his Beaufort home from the gas station on Friday to find a stranger in his yard kicking his dog, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.
The dog was left outside with an electronic fence around the yard, the report states. The man said he approached the stranger — who appeared intoxicated. The stranger attempted to attack the man, the report states.
The man punched the stranger in the face in self-defense, the report states. The stranger also was bitten by the dog, according to the report.
Those who lived at the house said the dog has never attacked anyone before.
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The report states the man would not tell police why he was in the yard or why the dog bit him.