Maryland Mayor Questions Prince George's Co. Dog Restraint Policy

By Elliott Francis - WAMU 88.5
|  Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010  |  Updated 5:01 PM EDT
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Owner Believes Shot Dog Could Have Been Spared

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Owner Believes Shot Dog Could Have Been Spared

A Prince George's County woman, whose dog was shot and killed by a county sheriff's deputy, believes her pet could have been saved.
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Sheriff’s records indicate deputies in Prince George's County, Md., have shot 10 domestic dogs in nine incidents since 2005, and one politician in the county said that's a pattern of excessive force that should be addressed.

Two years ago, Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo’s pair of Labradors were shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies during a controversial raid on his house. Calvo is suing Sheriff Michael A. Jackson.

When Donya Williams’ dog Kato was shot and killed by a deputy Friday, Calvo offered her his support -- and a course of action.

“I am filing a motion in our court case to compel Sheriff Jackson to disclose the names and the incidents of dogs being killed by his office, promptly,” exclaimed Williams.

Although Sheriff Jackson called the day after to express regret over the shooting of Williams' dog, she still questions department procedure in the matter and the motive of the officers who responded.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Yakesha Hines said the department is addressing the issue with a policy which went into effect in March.

“Every deputy has to attend mandatory training in reference to handling dogs, that includes recognizing that an animal is present," Hines said.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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