Anderson Cooper 360: Blog Archive - Meter man?s killing of poodle justified? - CNN.com Blogs Basically, a poodle came running out of its yard and started barking and snapping at the man, he hit it with a metallic rod, and they had to put it down. Thoughts on this? Mine; This man had a right to defend himself, but I believe he acted a bit rashly. He easily could have stopped the dog without actually injuring it, just to make it go away. He should be sentenced with some form of animal cruelty, but the dog was attacking him so all the blame cannot be on him.