Hays County deputy responding to call shoots and kills dog

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A Hays County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a dog after responding to a home in Dripping Springs early Sunday morning.

Deputies were called out to a home in the 300 block of Harmon Hills Cove just after midnight for an altercation between a property owner and a tenant.

According to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, when the two deputies arrived at the home, they were invited inside the home to investigate.

Once inside the home, the deputies encountered a pit bull who started growling at the officers. An officer was in the process of asking the owner if the dog was friendly when the animal charged him, a statement from the sheriff’s office said.

The officer was able to side step the dog before the pit bull focused its attention on the second officer standing in the doorway, “charging, snarling and trying to bite him,” the department said.

Deputies said they tried to kick the dog away but it didn’t work. One of the deputies shot the dog, but the pit bull continued to move aggressively towards hims, the statement said. The officer fired again, killing the dog.

Neither of the deputies had any injuries from the incident.

While neither of the deputies have been placed on any type of leave as a result of this incident, the department said the case will be reviewed through their administrative bureau.

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