NC German Shepherd expected to live after being shot by deputy

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Deputies in Cumberland County say a German Shepherd is expected to survive after a deputy shot it this past weekend.

A deputy fired at the dog on Saturday afternoon after responding to a call at a home on Marsh Road, about 4 miles south of Fayetteville.

Investigators say the animal, named Astro, charged the deputies when the homeowner opened up the front door to the home.

Astro was shot in the nose with the bullet exiting his neck, officials said.

Sean E. Swain, spokesman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, released a lengthy account of the entire incident, which is here:

On February 27, 2016, Cumberland County Emergency Services 911 dispatchers received a telephone call from a female who reported a disturbance with a person on her property at 5375 Marsh Road in Cumberland County. The 911 dispatcher reported that the female was hiding in a bush with her dog and that a man was near her house, but the caller would not respond to the questions as to “what was going on,” then the call was abruptly disconnected.

911 dispatchers immediately called the female’s number back, and when she answered, the female stated the male made advances to her so she ran into the woods. The caller further stated, the male she was running from began arguing with her neighbor, and the call was again disconnected before the 911 operator could obtain more information.

The dispatchers reported to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office that after the initial call and disconnection, and at the time, the caller was in the woods hiding and still not fully responding to the 911 dispatcher’s questions, and the call was disconnected again.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call for help with two deputies. The deputies arrived at the house, approached the front door, and knocked to announce their presence. There was no answer at the door. The deputies walked around the house looking for the female caller, who had told the 911 dispatcher that she and her dog were going into the woods for refuge.

When the deputies walked to the backyard to check the woods, they could hear someone inside the house. Returning to the front door, the deputies knocked once more and the door opened only a few inches and closed immediately. The deputies knocked again. The door opened narrowly and closed again. The deputies announced their presence and requested the door be opened. Tamara Abraham opened the door to the residence and the storm door to speak to the deputies.

Abraham was holding the door open when her German Shepard bolted out of the house and advanced on one of the deputies. As the deputy was retreating he discharged his firearm one time.

The fired bullet struck the German Shepard in the snout and exited the canine’s neck. The deputies immediately called Animal Control to have the injured canine transported to an emergency veterinarian. The canine, Astro, was treated Saturday night and was doing well.

Animal Control picked Astro up from the emergency clinic and took him back to the Cumberland County Animal Control kennel to recover. The dog was later taken to Grays Creek Animal Hospital for follow up treatment.

By Monday afternoon the Sheriff’s Office was informed that a non-profit organization had contacted Animal Control and stated that they would pay for Astro’s emergency treatment and stay for Saturday night.

According to Animal Control records this is not the first incident where Astro has been dangerously aggressive. On March 15, 2015, Astro bit a juvenile female on the right thigh. The juvenile received treatment for the bite and the dog was placed in standard Animal Control 10 day quarantine in March of last year because of the attack and the bite.

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