On Saturday night, a German shepherd named “Astro,” defended his owner from an attack by a stranger who visited the woman’s home in Cumberland County, North Carolina, reported the FayObserver. According to Tamara Abraham, the woman who owns the residence, the man came to her home under the pretense of being a potential buyer for the house which is up for sale.
Thanks to Astro’s efforts, the attack was thwarted, but things went awry when deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office arrived to the Gray’s Creek community home to take a report about the incident. Sgt. Sean Swain, a sheriff’s office spokesman, told the FayObserver that Astro bolted off of the front porch of the home and charged at the deputies after they got out of their vehicles.
One of the deputies opened fire, shooting Astro in the head – the name of that deputy has not been released, but the sheriff’s office has confirmed that the deputy’s response to the dog was consistent with the sheriff’s office policies. Sgt. Swain stated, “If we think we are going to get bit by the dog, we’ll shoot the dog to keep us from getting hurt.”
Abraham claims that her dog was shot just 2 feet from the porch and that she had barely told her dog to come into the house when the deputy fired the shot that hit Astro in the head. Amazingly, Astro survived the shooting, but he was in critical condition as of Sunday night. The man accused of attacking Abraham managed to escape in the commotion.
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