Chatham County deputy fatally shoots dog attacking her, officials say

Deputy Ellington in a photo from the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.

BEAR CREEK, N.C. (WNCN) – A Chatham County Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a dog that attacked her at a home in Bear Creek, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The deputy, later identified as Deputy Ellington, was at a residence off Sandy Branch Church Road in Bear Creek attempting to serve child support paperwork when the dog attacked her, officials said.

The Sheriff’s Office described the dog as a Great Dane-mix that was “several feet long and weighing approximately 150 pounds.”

During the attack, the deputy shot the dog in an attempt to defend herself, the Sheriff’s Office said.


Deputy Ellington, whose first name was not released, was able to then escape and call for help.

Members of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham County Animal Services, and First Health responded.

Ellington is being treated for injuries suffered during the attack and should make a full recovery.

The incident is under investigation and the dog is being tested for communicable diseases.

“We are relieved that Deputy Ellington is now healing and did not suffer life-threatening injuries,”  Sheriff Mike Roberson said in a news release.

“She acted quickly to defend herself during the attack, and although we are saddened by the death of any animal, especially a pet, we rejoice in the safety of one of our most selfless and dedicated employees. We stand by her decision to protect herself during a dangerous situation and wish her a speedy recovery,” Roberson added.

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