Wednesday letters: Will dog’s death go unpunished?

September 18, 2013 

— In 2005, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott fired one of his deputies for shooting and killing the sheriff’s dog after the animal growled at him.

Sheriff Lott was quoted at the time as saying, “If he had done to anybody’s dog what he did to mine, the same thing would have happened.” The sheriff also said the deputy showed “poor judgment.”

On Labor Day, an Irmo police officer shot and killed a dog belonging to a civilian. Will anyone with the Irmo Police Department lose his job over this incident, or is termination only warranted when the dog belongs to a law enforcement officer?

Paul Seay


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