Owner of dog shot by Irmo officer issued citation

Kenya, a 4-year-old German Shepherd/Lab mix.
Kenya, a 4-year-old German Shepherd/Lab mix.

IRMO, SC (WIS) - The owner of a dog shot and killed by an Irmo police officer on Labor Day has been issued a citation for having a dangerous or vicious animal.

Karen Counts must appear in Magistrate's Court on September 30 to answer to the charges. She faces a fine of $1,092.50.

Counts' 4-year-old German Shepherd Kenya was shot three times by an Irmo police officer on September on her Charring Cross Road property.

Police say they received a call Monday morning from a jogger who says Kenya chased him down the street. The jogger feared for his safety because the dog was showing its teeth and had its ears back, a police report states.

When officers arrived, the dog was back on its property -- in the front yard, near the steps -- without a collar or leash.

Police said the dog charged at the officer while he was approaching the front door to find the owners. The officer says he felt threatened by the dog's aggressive behavior so he fired two shots at the dog.

"He charged me," said the officer in the incident report. "I had to shoot him."

The family returned home on Monday to find a note from animal control on their door stating that the dog had been shot.

Richland County Animal Control issued the citation to Counts on Tuesday.

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