*UPDATE: The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. Stay tuned for more updates.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is bringing in another law enforcement agency to investigate a deputy-involved shooting of two dogs in a rural area near Richview and Irvington.
A Facebook post by the dogs’ owner implicating a sheriff’s deputy in the killing of her two dogs Sunday ignited a social media firestorm earlier this week.
According to the post by Jennifer Akers, her family’s two dogs were shot and killed by a neighbor, Craig McDaniel, who is also a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Akers said that the bodies of the two dogs were found later that day in a wooded area. She alleges that the dogs’ bodies were dumped there by McDaniel.
Akers also said that she has heard conflicting reports as to why the dogs were shot. She said that she was told they were shot while chasing cattle, and then later that they were threatening to bite.
McDaniel continues his position during the investigation, said Sheriff Len Campbell. He has been employed with the Department four years.
“I am aware of the incident, and we are taking it very seriously,” Campbell said. “We will allow the investigation to run its course before we comment further.”
A Facebook post by Akers with photos of the dogs with her daughter juxtaposed with a picture of the bodies of the dogs has garnered hundreds of comments and shares.