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Maryland police officer who killed family dog is placed on administrative duty

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According to Monday's publication of the Baltimore Sun, the Anne Arundel County, Md., police officer who shot and killed a family's dog in Pasadena last weekend, has been placed on administrative duty.

Tim Reeves' Chesapeake Bay retriever, "Vern," was shot and killed by Officer Rodney Price on Saturday afternoon; Price was investigating a burglary in the area at the time of the shooting.

According to Reeves, Officer Price broke the devastating news to him in what appears to be a callous manner, stating:

"I unloaded on your dog. Your dog attacked me, and I killed it."

Anne Arundel County's police chief, Kevin Davis, has already visited Vern's heartbroken guardian and he has vowed to conduct a complete investigation into the shooting. A necropsy will be performed on Vern's body by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

Chief Davis is hopeful that the necrospy will reveal the angle of the bullets which killed Reeves' dog - nobody witnessed the shooting, so the angle of the bullets which entered Vern's body will play a key role in showing what actually took place.

In the meantime, Officer Price, a one-year veteran of the force, has been placed on paid administrative duty.

Prior story about this incident here.

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