Police shoot dog during search of residence

Published: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 @ 11:45 AM
Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 @ 6:28 PM


            A Middletown police officer shot and injured a dog this morning while serving a drug search warrant at a Manchester Avenue residence.
A Middletown police officer shot and injured a dog this morning while serving a drug search warrant at a Manchester Avenue residence.

A Middletown police officer shot and injured a dog Wednesday while serving a drug search warrant at a Manchester Avenue residence.

The Middletown Division of Police’s drug unit, detectives and patrol officers made entry to a house at 1813 Manchester and were met by four dogs that appeared to be pit bulls, according Lt. Scott Reeve.

“When officers were executing the search warrant, the entire pack of pit bulls came toward the officers. An officer shot one of the dogs in the snout. All the dogs were taken but will be returned to the owner,” Reeve said.

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The dog was seized by Butler County’s deputy dog warden and was taken to a Middletown veterinarian for treatment. Officers kept the other three dogs at bay with a fire extinguisher, Reeve said.

The dog’s owner, Kim King, 42, who was arrested for permitting drug abuse (crack cocaine), told police that the dog, named Midnight, had become more aggressive and told the vet to euthanize the dog to keep people from being injured, said Lt. Jim Cunningham.

After containing the dogs, officers continued to search the residence and a house at 1805 Manchester. They made arrests at both locations after finding heroin and crack cocaine.

At 1813 Manchester, police arrested a 17-year-old boy for possession of crack cocaine and Sara Landers, 24, for two counts of child endangering and permitting drug abuse (crack cocaine).

An infant and a 2-year-old child were at the residence and were removed by juvenile detectives and Butler County Children Services.

At 1805 Manchester, Jordan Oatneal, 21, was charged with permitting drug abuse (heroin) and child endangering; James Smith, 18, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug abuse instruments and child endangering; and Veasha Calhoun, 18, was charged with permitting drug abuse (heroin).

All were booked into the Middletown City Jail.

Police did not release the name of the officer who fired the shot on Wednesday because the investigation is ongoing.

Officers had received complaints about drug activity and prostitution in neighborhood.

“Knowing that they’re dealing drugs at that those residences, we’re trying to clean up that neighborhood and make a positive impact in that community,” Reeve said.

(Staff Writer Lot Tan contributed to this report.)