From the Asheville Citizen-Times:
A Durham man claims a Buncombe County sheriff’s deputy used excessive force when the off-duty officer shot and killed his dog at Catawba Falls in McDowell County.
Deputy Jason Honeycutt has not been charged in the Feb. 10 incident and was not disciplined by his employer. The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has investigated the case, and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office conducted an internal investigation.
“We don’t have any issue with what our officer did,” Lt. Randy Sorrells said. “He was protecting his children.”
The owner of the dog, Scott Shulman, said it was unnecessary to shoot his 45-pound border collie mix. Nellie wouldn’t have harmed Honeycutt or his young children, Shulman said.