NEW JERSEY — A New Jersey man was killed after shooting his dog at a family home for animals on Saturday, officials said.

The man, who was not identified, was found dead in his home in the 900 block of West 5th Street in Garden City about 1:30 a.m., Garden City Police Capt. Thomas Loughlin said.

Loughliner said the dog, named Lucky, was shot in the neck, and the homeowner had to shoot the man in self-defense.

Lauglin said there were no signs of trauma on the man’s body.

The homeowner was not injured.

Larger photos of the dog can be seen below.

The Garden City-based Animal Legal Defense Fund said the man is the son of a former deputy sheriff and the family owned the home.

The organization said it has been in touch with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and the state Division of Animal Care and Control, which regulates shelters in the state.