K-9 treats police car like a chew toy

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office's K-9, Nero, caused $300 in damage to his handler's patrol car Thursday after becoming startled by gunfire while at the department's firing range.

Cpl. Dan Martin said he went to the range on Shanklin Road to assist another officer and left the dog in its kennel in the back of his patrol car, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

Martin reported that the gunfire at the range startled the dog, causing it to chew a small area of the car's headliner. The report said the hole was 5 inches wide by 10 inches long.