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Deputy shoots, kills family dog while serving warrant

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This Pit Bull, named Hera, was shot when deputies said she was about to attack. This Pit Bull, named Hera, was shot when deputies said she was about to attack.
These little Pit Bull puppies are left after their mother was shot and killed. These little Pit Bull puppies are left after their mother was shot and killed.
Deputies were seeking this man, Doster Glass, with the warrant. Deputies were seeking this man, Doster Glass, with the warrant.
Lee Co. Chief Deputy Lewis Harris says he feels they acted appropriately. Lee Co. Chief Deputy Lewis Harris says he feels they acted appropriately.
Alexis Ford says she thinks deputies handled the situation inappropriately. Alexis Ford says she thinks deputies handled the situation inappropriately.
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LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

A family says a Lee County deputy was out of line when he shot their Pit Bull while serving a warrant.

Lee County authorities say they're sorry the dog got shot, but feel they acted appropriately.

Alexis Ford and her 11-year-old cousin were home alone when Lee County deputies arrived to serve a warrant for her uncle Doster Glass on Sunday.

"They told me to put the dogs up and I was trying and there was only me out there. And I couldn't put three dogs up by myself, and finally Christian came out there to help me," said Ford.

A deputy ended up shooting the family dog Hera. The dog's puppies are barely old enough to have opened their eyes.

"When she fell to the ground I realized he shot her..I freaked out and was like 'you just shot my dog!' I told them you guys need to leave. There is no one here to help you," said Ford.

Glass says he was in Mitchell County at the time taking care of the warrant following a family vacation.

"I went straight to Mitchell County to take care of it. It was an $84 warrant."

He understands the deputies were doing their job, but thinks they were too quick to shoot.

"My biggest concern is that could have been my kid coming around the back of that truck and I just feel like they handled it totally wrong," said Ford. "Totally wrong."

The Sheriff's office said they checked to see if the warrant was active that morning. They also said the dog was aggressive toward deputies during a previous visit to the home three months ago.

"The owner was not willing to cooperate after he had called us out there at that time, so the dog charged the deputy and the deputy had to tase the dog with his taser," said Lee County Chief Deputy Lewis Harris.

He says Ford told deputies she was sacred to put the dog up and the dog was about to attack when the officer fired.

"He got into a low ready position and went to lunge at him, and when he did the deputy dispatched the dog right there on scene," said Harris.

He said they feel bad that the dog was shot, but think the deputy acted appropriately.

"It's a very sad situation that it had to happen, but we had to protect ourselves so no one would get hurt or injured."

Animal Control picked up the dog's body to check it for rabies. Once the dog is cleared, they will return the body to the family.

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