Police attacked by dog, dog's owner during response to fight

Savela. (Source: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)
Savela. (Source: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)

By Tracey Amick  bio | email

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County Sheriff's deputies responding to a fight had to put down a dog and then tase the dog's owner last Friday night.

Raynold Irvin Savela was arrested and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and 3rd degree assault.

According to a police report, officers responded to the Flowertwon Villages in response to a 911 call about a fight in progress. They found Savela's mother and her boyfriend standing outside. When the officers approached the house, a black pit bull approached one of the officers.

The officers told Ms. Savela to control the dog but the dog lunged at one officer, snapping and growling at him. He was bit in the arm, the report states.

The dog then approached the other officer who warned Ms. Savela to restrain the dog. She did not, so the officer fired three shots, striking the dog twice.

Then, Savela ran from the house demanding to know who had killed his dog. He pointed to his mother's boyfriend and said, "My dog is dead because of you."

According to the report, Savela then aggressively approached the officers who told him to stand down or risk being tased. Savela did not heed the warnings of the officers and was tased, the report stated.

After Savela was detained, officers learned the fight started between Savela and his mother's boyfriend because the two men do not get along. The fight started inside the Froman Drive home when the two men bumped into each other and neither would back down.

Sheriff L.C. Knight says they have policies in place to protect their officers but the incident was unfortunate.

"We're real sorry we had to shoot the dog.  However these dogs are vicious and people who like these dogs I wish they'd keep them pinned up," said Knight.

According to police documents, Savela posted bond and was released Sunday.

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