Admin Note: Nice to see they would have made the effort to not kill the dog if they new it was a police dog… To all of the rest of us: “We just killed your fucking dog… Eat a dick

Animal control officer says K9 was killed because of aggression

A supervisor with Campbell County Animal Control says that a Knoxville Police Department K9 was being aggressive and ran toward an officer before he was shot.

They were called to the home in the Bluff Trace area of Caryville after 3:30 on Thursday, on a dog bite.

KPD says K9 Elko got out of his kennel when it was turned over in a storm and bit a neighbor. Campbell Co. Animal Control says the woman was bit on her right shoulder.

When the animal control officer arrived on the scene, Campbell County deputies were already there. They said the dog approached them differently than a normal dog would.

“This [the situation] is a little more aggressive than normal,” said Campbell County animal control supervisor Becky Crumley.

When the dog approached an officer, animal control made the decision to shoot it. Campbell County Animal Control said it was not aware a Knoxville Police Department K9 was living in the county. Crumley said she wish she knew earlier.

“We could have called the handler of that dog and prevented the outcome.”

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The Knoxville Police Department is continuing its investigation into the fatal shooting of one of their police dogs in Campbell County.

Thursday night, K9 Elko apparently got out of his kennel when it turned over in a severe thunderstorm. He bit a neighbor, then was shot by a Campbell County animal control officer.

K9 Officer Jonathan Chadwell, who lives in Campbell County, has been with KPD since November 2003. He became a K9 Officer in 2007, when KPD acquired Elko.

Elko was a Belgian Malinois who was between 5 and 6 years old. He was 18 months old when he came to KPD, and cost around $4500 dollars. He was IPWDA (International Police Working Dog Association) certified, receiving re-certification in March 2011.

KPD says a very small number of specialty unit officers are allowed to take their vehicles home outside the standard 25 mile radius due to their current assignment. K9 officers are allowed to kennel their K9 partner at home due to the 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week required to care for the animal.

The department currently has 13 K9 officer teams.

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A Knoxville Police K9 was shot and killed by a Campbell County animal control officer Thursday afternoon, after the dog got out of its kennel and attacked a neighbor.

The incident happened shortly after 3:00 p.m. Thursday.

According to Knoxville Police spokesperson Darrell Debusk, the K9, which was a Malinois, was at its handler’s residence when the kennel overturned during a severe thunderstorm.

Police said the dog left the kennel and ran to a neighbor’s residence where it bit a woman.

The woman was treated and released from a Campbell County hospital, DeBusk said.

Knoxville Police were beginning an internal investigation.