Deputies kill pit bull after owner orders it to attack

March 6, 2018

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say deputies in South Carolina shot and killed a pit bull after its owner ordered the dog to attack officers surrounding his home.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Flood said 25-year-old Gregory Hill refused to come out of his Greer home Tuesday after deputies were called about a report that he hit a woman with a shoe.

Flood says Hill threatened to release the pit bull on officers several times, then finally ordered the dog to attack. The sheriff’s spokesman says at least one officer fired on the dog, killing the animal, as it charged at deputies. Hill then surrendered.

Flood said in a statement no people were injured.

Authorities say Hill is charged with second-degree domestic violence and resisting arrest. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

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