An FBI agent has shot and killed a pet dog in Glen Burnie, Michigan.
According to WJLA, the dog had escaped from its owner and began attacking a smaller dog at a local park. An FBI agent who happened to be nearby witnessed the attack, firing a shot that killed the larger dog.
The dog, a 180-pound Great Dane, belonged to Carol Feldhaus. She was walking the dog along with her 4-year-old grandson when the incident occured. The two were reportedly walking across a footbridge in the park when the dog escaped Feldhaus's grip.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the FBI has not disclosed the identity of the agent or whether he was on or off-duty at the time of the shooting. Amy J. Thoreson, a spokesperson for the FBI's Baltimore Field Office, confirmed that no people were injured as a result of the shooting. It is unclear whether the smaller dog was injured during the attack.
The incident is currently under a joint investigation by the FBI and the Anne Arundel County Police Department. County police department spokesman Lt. Michael Brothers, however, has referred any further questions regarding the incident to the FBI. The attack and subsequent shooting took place Friday.
Statistics regarding police shootings of pet animals are difficult to obtain, although media outlets such as the Seattle Times report that thousands of dogs are shot by law enforcement officers each year.
Sources: WJLA, The Baltimore Sun, The Seattle Times