Lawrence County Deputy Cleared For Shooting Neighbor’s Dog


DEADWOOD, S.D (AP) – A Black Hills sheriff’s deputy has been cleared of wrongdoing when he shot a neighbor’s dog. The name of the Lawrence County deputy has not been released.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation conducted a review and forwarded its findings to the Lawrence County State’s Attorney’s Office, which concluded the deputy did not violate sheriff’s office policy when he shot and wounded the dog after arriving at his home near Whitewood March 5.

The Rapid City Journal reports that when the deputy got out of his vehicle, the dog ran toward him while barking. The owner was able to call the dog off, but it then turned and ran at the deputy again while barking before it was shot.