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Ark. prosecutor asks State Police to investigate city over shot dog

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Authorities point to where the dog's body was found. Authorities point to where the dog's body was found.
FOREMAN, AR (KSLA) -

A Southwest Arkansas prosecuting attorney is asking Arkansas State Police to investigate the City of Foreman after a Little River County Man says his dog was shot and killed by an animal control officer.

Little River County Sheriff's Deputies are already looking into the death of the dog they say was shot by Foreman animal control officer Estes Thompson.

For Deputy Chad Akins, it's personal. "We lost the dog about 30 days ago. We had been looking for him and couldn't fiind him and he made it to Foreman and they trapped him. Never contacted us, never done anything, just shot our dog and throwed him in a ditch."

Akins says his dog was wearing identification tags and a GPS tracking collar. He says a private citizen saw the dog in a live trap on Monday and contacted him using the information on the dog's ID tag. But before Akins could reclaim his dog, it was shot and dumped on the side of Little River County Road 1.

Arkansas law states that if a dog has any kind of idenfitication, an officer should exhaust every effort to reach its owner, including certified letter if they have an address. The law also states the owner should be given 5 days notice before the animal is destroyed.

"I don't know what happened to the dog, but I know if we have got a problem, we are going to correct it," says Foreman Mayor Roland Bush.

"All I want is proper procedures," says Akins. "That they contact the dog owner. Especially when they are collared, they have all the information on them, like our dog was."

Attempts to reach Thompson for comment were unsuccessful.

Little River County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Chesire now is asking the state police to investigate, since the dog belonged to a county deputy.

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