There must be something about dogs in Severn, Maryland. This morning, two dogs got into an altercation which was stopped when the one dog’s owner fired a semi automatic weapon. The entire incident is reminiscent of the infamous Bear-Bear case where an off duty federal police officer shot a dog in a dog park.
This case has eerie similarities. One dog was on leash, the other was off leash. One dog was with the owner, the other was with a relative of the owner.
The difference between this case and the Bear-Bear case is that the Anne Arundel County Police have taken this case seriously from the beginning. When Bear-Bear was shot, the shooter identified himself as a federal police officer and the case was quickly closed until County Executive Leopold insisted on a full and complete investigation
It will be interesting to see how this all pans out. Keith Shepherd, the officer who shot Bear-Bear, was found guilty of unlawfully discharging a firearm and animal cruelty.
The following is a copy of the statemtn from the Anne Arundel County Police on today’s incident:
On June 5, 2011, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers from the Western District were dispatched to a shots fired call in the 1800 block of Oriole Court in Severn, Maryland.
While enroute to the scene, officers were informed that a dog had been shot. At approximately 11:02 a.m., officers arrived on scene and located a four-year-old gray Pit bull with an apparent gunshot wound to the torso. Several citizens were attempting to render aid to the wounded animal. The wounded dog, “Kayne”, was later transported to a local veterinarian, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officers secured the scene and identified several witnesses including the individual who shot the dog. The preliminary investigation revealed that an adult female and a juvenile female were walking “Kayne” in a field at the end of Stillmeadows Drive near Oriole Court while three other juveniles were walking “Gyno”, their Pit bull, which was off leash at the time. At one point, “Gyno” and “Kayne” became engaged in a fight, and one of the male juveniles with “Gyno” ran home to notify his parents, who then responded to the scene. The 32-year-old male came with a loaded semi-automatic handgun. As the two dogs continued to fight, the male subject fired one shot striking “Kayne”. Police were notified of the incident by the male who shot the “Kayne” along with the dog’s owners.
The Anne Arundel County Police Evidence Collection Unit responded to the scene, where photographs were taken and evidence was collected. Anne Arundel County Animal Control officers recovered the remains of “Kayne” and took custody of “Gyno”, the seven-year-old American Pit Bull, until the investigation is complete. Western District Detectives have interviewed several witnesses to the incident. Additionally, the 32-year-old male subject’s legal authorization to carry a firearm is being investigated.
At this time, the investigation is very active and ongoing. The Anne Arundel County Police Department is working closely with Animal Control and the State’s Attorney’s Office in regards to the investigation. Currently, no charges have been filed until the investigation into this matter has been completed.