BRIGHAM CITY -- The Box Elder County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting of a dog in the presence of a 10-year-old girl in a Brigham City neighborhood.
Chief Deputy Kevin Potter said the man who shot the dog is part of the city's paid on-call ambulance personnel. He was on his way home Friday evening when he saw a dog being aggressive with three individuals on the sidewalk, one of whom was in a wheelchair.
He asked if they needed help and was told they did. Potter said the dog was in the care of the girl, but she said the dog did not obey her. The dog continued to be aggressive, and the man shot the dog with a handgun when he felt the dog was going to bite him.
Potter said the dog, a Labrador, ran off. The dog was later found and received medical attention. His wound was not fatal.
No citations were issued at the scene.
Potter said the case will be referred to the county attorney to determine what charges, if any, will be filed.
Because the investigation is ongoing, Potter would not say how the dog's owner reacted to the shooting.
Brigham City police asked the sheriff's office to conduct the investigation because the man who shot the dog is a city employee.