Beaufort News

Deputy shoots dog with Taser

A deputy on St. Helena Island used a Taser on a pit-bull mix Sunday after the dog charged him, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

A woman reported at about 7 p.m. that her neighbor's dog was chasing her son as he rode his bicycle. The woman said the dog had caused problems in the past.

The dog was inside the Hickory Hill Road home of its owner when the deputy arrived, but was let outside while the deputy talked to the complainant. When the deputy began interviewing the dog's owner, the pit bull growled and charged the officer, who backed off about 10 yards, then discharged his Taser.

One Taser probe had to be removed from the dog's head, but he did not need medical treatment.

The owner was cited for letting the dog run loose without a leash.