Monday, March 22, 2010
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ALBANY -- The Albany Police Department is investigating a Monday incident that ended with an APD officer fatally shooting a dog.
According to a news release from the police department, Officer Terry Brown was responding to a burglary at 8:16 a.m. on the 600 block of Johnson Road and was corresponding with the victim, Syennie Braithwate, 29, when they were approached by a pit-bull mix which had broken away from its owner.
The owner of the dog, Zellean Mackey, 49, was asked by Brown to try to regain control of the dog.
When Mackey could not, Brown took out his baton and struck the ground in an effort to ward off the dog.
Officers said the dog continued to approach Brown and Braithwate in a threatening manner when Brown pulled out his service weapon to protect himself and shot the dog.
APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said that the department will continue to investigate the situation, but initial findings indicate Brown followed proper protocol according to APD's Policy and Procedure manual and the officer has returned to work.
Police said the dog's remains were taken from the site by Animal Control.
Police are asking citizens to refer to City of Albany's animal ordinance to ensure that they are complying with laws and regulations regarding restraining pets outside.