Dog shot in face while on lead

Dog, tethered in her yard, shot in the face while police tried to apprehend suspect

A dog took a shot to her face on Thursday after an officer encountered her while trying to apprehend a suspect in Fayetteville, Illinois. According to the Fayetteville police, the officer reacted to the aggressive dog, not realizing that she was tethered.

In a press release, the authorities provided an explanation of what took place:

On 11/29/2018 at approximately 1120 hours, an officer with Fayetteville Police Department observed a wanted suspect in the area of South 4th and Pulliam Ave. The officer went to make contact with the suspect and the suspect fled into the yard located at 2405 West Pulliam. The officer went into the yard to apprehend the suspect and encountered a dog in the back yard. The dog became aggressive toward the officer and attempted to bite him. The officer fearing for his safety fired his service weapon and struck the dog in the head.

The unseen lead

The authorities acknowledged that the dog was on a lead:

Upon investigation the dog was found to have been attached to a lead line that extended to where the officer was located and fired his service weapon. By admission of one of the residents, it was found that the dog has previously been aggressive, which was confirmed by other officers.

The dog

Despite being shot in the face, the dog is expected to survive.

The suspect, identified as Robert J Hock, was apprehended on multiple outstanding warrants inside of the home at the property where the dog was tethered.

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