WCSO deputy cleared in pit bull case

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:19 AM.

- The dog attacked a child in August 2013.  The child was treated at Sacred Heart Hospital.  Walton County Animal Control handled this case and followed the procedures they had in place at the time.                

- In a second recent case confirmed by Walton County Department of Health, the same dog attacked and injured another dog (a Basset Hound.)  The Department of Health is handling this case and is following the procedures they currently have in place for these types of incidents.

- The picture of the deceased dog that was posted multiple times on Facebook by the dog’s owner depicts the dead animal in his backyard and not where the dog attacked the deputy.  The picture was taken after the owner had moved the dog back to his own property. Again, when the deputy encountered the dog, the deputy was standing at the end of the complainant’s driveway. 

- The dog’s owner has made multiple misleading statements to include that the deputy told him that the deputy never felt threatened by the dog and that he had shot the dog because he had a certain aggressive “look.”  These statements are completely false as corroborated by the deputy’s video cam, his formal report and witness’ sworn statement.

In summary, the deputy positioned himself between an aggressive charging animal and the neighbors next door.  He did what was expected of him to serve and protect our community and in doing so placed himself in harm’s way.  The facts exonerate the deputy and clear him of any wrongdoing. 

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