Police shoot, kill dog while searching home for stolen meat

adouglas@heraldonline.comDecember 28, 2013 

— A Rock Hill police officer shot and killed an aggressive dog this week after the animal attacked another officer during the search of a home, according to a police report.

Around 3 p.m. Thursday, officers were on Blanche Circle in Rock Hill to follow up on a Rock Hill woman's claim last week that her neighbor stole $75 worth of frozen meat from her refrigerator. The woman, 59, told police then that she was missing a pack of pork chops, a turkey, ground beef, three packages of chicken legs and four turkey necks.

Police were searching a neighbor's home on Thursday when the homeowners' dog broke off its chain in the back yard and “began to viciously bite” one of the officers, the report states.

A woman who lived at the home told officers she would hold the dog on his chain while one officer searched a shed in the backyard, according to the report. But, while police were working, the report states that the dog broke free and charged one officer who was standing on the porch. Another officer stepped in to help but the dog began charging him in a “vicious manner,” the report states.

Due to the danger the dog posed, an officer shot the dog three times, the report said. The dog – whose breed police did not specify in the report – died at the scene. Police did not arrest anyone at the home on Thursday.

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