Sheriff's office: Deputy was justified in shooting dog

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says that a deputy was justified in shooting and killing a dog on Johns Island.

Investigators say that on May 25 of this year, a deputy responded to Sonny Boy Lane regarding a dispute over animals.  According to authorities, the deputy ultimately shot and killed the dog belonging to the family that called the dispatch center.

An investigation included an internal investigation of the deputy's actions as well as a separate investigation of the incident that sparked the initial call.

One person was charged with animal care. According to the sheriff's office, the internal investigation found that, however regrettable the shooting of the family pet, given the circumstances that existed at the time, the deputy's actions were within CCSO policy on use of force.

Both the investigations included interviews with witnesses and several neighbors that had some knowledge of the issues involving various dogs belonging to the parties.

The sheriff's office says they are continuing to evaluate training related to animal behavior as a result of the incident.

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