News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (WRDW) -- Blood-stained asphalt is all the remains from an incident on Monday, where a pit bull was shot and killed near the intersection of Aiken Road and Gregg Street.
"She was like my daughter. I raised her since she was a baby," says the owner of the dog, Lalonda Allen.
A picture stirring controversy on Facebook shows the corpse of the dog after an Aiken County Sheriff's Office deputy shot and killed it.
"I think the officer needs to step up and admit that he was wrong," says Allen.
An incident report says the deputy stopped to capture the dog after a man said he was attacked by the loose pit bull. In fact, a Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) report says three different people flagged down the deputy. The report says the "vicious" dog barked at the deputy's patrol car before charging it. When Aiken County Animal Control got to the scene after being called for by the deputy, the report says after several attempts at trying to catch the dog with a pole, the dog charged at the deputy and the dog-catcher multiple times, so the deputy shot the dog once in the shoulder. The report says the dog got back up to charge again, so the deputy shot the pit bull fatally in the head.
"He was acting as judge, jury, and executioner that day," says eyewitness Leroy Brown. "You know, there was no effort. There was plenty of different alternatives that you could do to, you know, apprehend the dog."
Brown says the incident report isn't accurate.
"It is a lie, sir, and I don't mean to call anybody out, but I was a witness," he says. "That dog never charged. She sat at the end of her driveway and barked."
"She was just barking. Just barking in the driveway. Just barking. That's it," adds owner Allen.
However, another neighbor, who witnessed the scene, says Brown and Allen aren't being truthful. He says the dog was on another neighbor's property at times and was charging the deputy and dog-catcher. The neighbor estimates that the deputy had four or more times where he would have been justified in shooting the dog to protect himself.
That neighbor says the dog was often running loose through the surrounding area, and he finds it funny that some are saying everyone loved the dog. He says he certainly didn't. In fact, he says the dog charged at him when he was outside just weeks ago.
The Sheriff's Office tells News 12 the deputy is no longer being investigated. They say he was justified in firing two rounds from his Glock-22. Capt. Eric Abdullah says the deputy will not be reprimanded.
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