Loudoun County Authorities: No Charges Filed in Dog Shooting Death

Loudoun County authorities have determined that no charges will be filed in the shooting death of a dog at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling on Tuesday.

Officers from the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office were called to the park after receiving a report that a dog had been shot. An Animal Services investigation determined that two large-breed dogs being walked off their leashes were behaving aggressively toward a man who was walking in the park.

Investigators determined that one of the dogs circled and jumped up on the walker and that the dogs’ owner failed to secure them despite the walker’s repeated requests. Investigators further determined that the walker was legally carrying a firearm when he discharged it in an act of self-defense, fatally shooting the dog.

No charges will be filed against either party, based on the evidence collected during the investigation.

Loudoun County Animal Services’ said leash laws, which are detailed in Chapter 612.13 of the Codified Ordinances of Loudoun County, do not permit dogs to run at large, in order to protect people and animals.

3 thoughts on “Loudoun County Authorities: No Charges Filed in Dog Shooting Death

  • 2016-10-28 at 12:04 pm
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    yes, it is tragic. Yes, the owner needed to exercise more control on the dog; regardless, it is not an excuse to kill someone’s dog. It is decidedly NOT alright to use lethal force just because a dog jumps on you. Nor is a “what if”. There was no “attack”, no bite reported. Shame on Loudoun County Sheriffs for not pressing charges against the shooter. As a runner in the park as well as a dog walker, I am stunned and angered.

  • 2016-10-27 at 4:39 pm
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    Obviously this is tragic, however DOG Owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs from attacking citizens. The Gun Owner was well within his Rights to self-defense. It actually shows why more people need to carry protection against assault from dogs, rabid animals, and criminals!

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