FREDERICK, Md. – Shortly before 6 p.m. on Nov. 3, officers from Frederick County Animal Control were dispatched to assist the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office for the report of a dog shooting in Union Bridge. It was reported that two dogs were running at-large off the owner’s property and that one dog was shot and killed on the property belonging to a neighbor after the dogs reportedly behaved in an “aggressive and threatening” manner.
While on scene, the Sheriff’s Office determined there were no criminal findings at that time and Animal Control took over the investigation. The dog owner has an extensive history of violations of Frederick County’s animal at-large ordinance. During the follow-up investigation, the dog owner was issued a citation for violating the county’s ordinance, as the dogs were unrestrained, unaccompanied and off the owner’s property at the time of the shooting.
The incident remains under investigation. At the time of this press release, no charges have been filed against the reported shooter.
Animal Control reminds all dogs owners that it is their responsibility to have their animals under immediate physical control at all times when off the owner’s property to ensure the safety and well-being of their animals and of the community in which they reside.