Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- North Augusta officers are forced to shoot a pitbull after they say he charged at an officer.
Sunday afternoon officers responded to 415 Dove Ave. after dispatch says they had been getting calls about the dog running free all day long. Neighbors told officers the dog had chased three kids while on the loose.
Eventually officers found the dog at his owner's home, and they did their best to keep him under control. Animal Control then responded to the scene. An off-duty officer who lived in the area also responded.
According to Lt. Tim Thornton, the dog then charged at the off-duty officer. When the pitbull got within a couple feet of him, the off-duty officer shot the dog in the leg. Officer say it took two more shots to subdue the dog, the second shot coming from the off-duty officer hitting the dog in the head, and the third fired from the on duty officer at the scene.
No one else was hurt. The dog eventually died.
Thornton says Animal Control took custody of the dog's remains, but they plan to give them back to the owner so he can bury the dog tomorrow.
There's no word on whether the dog owner will be charged. Thornton says in this case, the officers follow the same criteria as in any use of force case.
According to the pet owner, the dog is usually chained to a tree, but somehow he got out.
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