I do love my dogs. Fortunately, neither is aggressive (although barks very loud: ear asssault...), but some choose their dogs for exatly that trait: aggression.
I cannot comment on the legality of your situation, I'm afraid, but if your safety, indeed life, or those of another person (assuming that other person were definitely not an aggressor) are in danger, I'd have to say, yes, use your gun if that seems the best course of action.
Unfortunately for dogs, even if they were defending their owner, if they have attacked a human, I think most would be put down.
Sorry that this is not a legally specific answer.
When the right to effective self-defence is denied, that right to self-defence which remains is essentially symbolic.
Freedom: Please enjoy responsibly.
Karma. Another word for revolver: because what goes around, comes around!