Couple upset after dog shot, killed by police officer

HIGGINSON, AR (KAIT/KARK) - A couple in White County is upset after their dog was shot and killed on Monday by a police officer.

According to Little Rock NBC affiliate KARK, Sarah Meyer and her boyfriend are heartbroken after finding out what happened to their one-year-old white lab, McCoy.

"I feel like a part of me died yesterday with him," said Meyer. "It was very sad. I feel angry."

After her boyfriend went to work, McCoy got out of the yard from an area under the fence, where he had dug a hole.

Higginson Police Chief Eric Patterson says he was there with two officers from Kensett when the lab was shot.

He says they had received calls about the dog acting aggressive, attacking neighbors' animals, and turning on people.

Chief Patterson says he believes something happened to the dog after it got out of the yard to spook it, causing it to act out of character.

Patterson says officers on scene tried everything to calm it down but nothing worked.

He says when the dog jumped at an officer baring his teeth, the officer shot him.

"This time, it went totally wrong," says Patterson. "I'm very sorry for the incident. I feel bad for the family, I really do."

Chief Patterson says they are still investigating what happened leading up to the dog being shot.

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