Deputy shoots, kills dog; routine inquiry underway

Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 5:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 5:09 p.m.

The shooting of a family dog last week by an Alachua County sheriff’s deputy is under a routine investigation.

Circumstances that led to the shooting on Dec. 13 are in dispute. The woman who owned the dog said she was told by her teenage son that the dog was with him in bed when the dog heard a rattling of the front doorknob and somehow got outside.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that two deputies went to the house to check on the teenager. The door was partially open, and a small dog could be seen barking inside, deputies said. The door opened wider, and a large aggressive dog ran out, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The dog charged at a retreating deputy and did not stop when commanded. The deputy fired once and hit the dog behind its head, sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said.

“It will go through an internal review,” Forgey said. “That report will then be presented to the sheriff to see if any action is needed or whether it was justifiable.”

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