APD: Patrol officer shoots dog; case under investigation

APD: Patrol officer shoots dog; case under investigation

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The shooting of a dog by an Albany Police Department (APD) officer is under investigation, according to a department spokesperson.

On Wednesday morning, an APD patrol officer responded to the 500 block of 9th Avenue about an unwanted guest.

While on the scene, the officer was attacked by a Staffordshire pitbull, according to APD.

The officer fired three shots at the dog and one of the shots struck the dog.

An APD spokesperson said the case was turned over to the Office of Professional Standards.

The Albany Police Department provided WALB a copy of their policy on use of force against animals.

The policy states lethal force will only be used to defend the officer, another person, or another animal from being attacked and injured by a vicious animal.

WALB spoke with one witness Thursday who used the word vicious, but in a different way.

“It didn’t really appear to be a vicious animal but it was protective of that woman. It was on it’s hind legs, I think it scraped his arm, he was trying to get at it’s throat, and he was just super super fast,” said Donald Palmer.

The case remains under investigation.

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