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Off-Duty Army Officer Charged with Shooting Dog in Md.

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By Greg Peppers

Prosecutors in Anne Arundel County have charged an off duty civilian Army police officer in connection with the fatal shooting of a dog in Severn, Maryland.

The shooting of the three-year-old Siberian Husky, known as Bear-Bear, has prompted Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold to request a full investigation of the incident.

The shooting took place yesterday at the Quail Run Dog park.

Bear-Bear was playing in the park when Keith Sheperd of Severn came in with his German Shepherd.

Bear-Bear reportedly went up to the officer's dog and began playing too rough for the officer's liking.

The officer called to Bear-Bear’s owner’s brother who had brought him to the park to call his dog off — before the brother could intervene, the officer allegedly pulled his gun and fired one shot into the dog.

Sheperd is now being charged with animal cruelty and discharging a firearm within one hundred feet of an occupied structure.

The animal cruelty charge carries a maximum of 90 days in jail.

Shepherd's attorney says his client fired his gun to defend his dog, himself and his wife.

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