Paris Police Department is investigating an incident that took place Friday where Paris Animal Control – as a last resort – shot a feral dog, which had eluded their office for several years.
On Oct. 15, 2021, a City of Paris Animal Control Officer located a feral dog that had been eluding them for several years.
According to officials, animal control officers had attempted to catch the dog using traps and tranquilizer darts on several, past occasions. However, the dog continued to elude capture. Officials said when the dog was located and again attempted to elude the officer, the officer – as a last resort – shot the dog.
They said the dog continued to evade the officer after being shot and was finally located.
“Feral dogs can be rabid, host external and internal parasites and disease that spread to domestic animals through contact, urine and feces,” according to officials. “Feral dogs also can pose a danger to children if they feel trapped or threatened.”
The department’s policy calls for a review after any personnel discharges a firearm. Therefore, Paris Police Department is reviewing the incident and the investigation continues.