Jesse Jones says around 9:30 a.m.Tuesday, he took two of his dogs out to his backyard.
The Twiggs County deputy was delivering a civil suit to a person who didn't live at his home.
"They saw the deputy coming around the corner and they went at him as to see who is," said Jones, "Not to attack him, just to see who he was and he pulled his gun and fired off one round."
After that shot, Jesse Jones's oldest pitbull, Doughboy, was dead.
"He said he felt like he was in danger and that was his split second reaction..to shoot the dog," said Jones.
"He could have tased him, he could have pepper sprayed him, he could have given my fiance a chance to, you know, say something to him," said Jena Rhea Paul, Jones's fiance.
She says Doughboy has never attacked anyone, and that the deputy made a horrible mistake.