Detective fatally shoots dog in North Laurel drug raid Animal attacked officer as he entered residence

December 21, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 100-pound dog was shot and killed by detectives during a drug raid in North Laurel Thursday night when the mixed-breed attacked an officer, police said yesterday.

As detectives entered the house in the 9000 block of Canterbury Riding, a dog attacked Detective Jeff Ferra as he passed through the door, said Lt. Tim Branning of Howard County police.

The dog bit Ferra's left foot and pushed the detective off balance and almost down a set of stairs, Branning said. Ferra grasped the railing to keep from falling.

The detective tried to shake the dog off, but the animal gripped Ferra's boot tighter, tearing several holes in it, Branning said.

Another detective, Keith Barry, shot the dog twice, killing it, Branning said.

Ferra was not injured.

"He tried to shake off the dog and said he felt bad about it getting killed," Branning said.

Branning said the detective shot the dog because the house had not been secured and police didn't want to be distracted while they pursued any suspects who might flee or fight. The dog was owned by one of the people living in the house.

Charged with possession of marijuana were John Joseph Faren, 25; Benjamin Thomas Lee, 21; and Angela Renee McClune, 23. All lived in the house.

Pub Date: 12/21/97

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