WSOC TV reported a devastating story today. It seems that a sheriff in Chester County, SC returned home on Sunday to find his special police canine poisoned.
A.J., a 19 month old German Shepherd was just beginning to find his way in the Sheriff Department. He was partner to Sheriff Alex Underwood, a recently sworn in African American sheriff, the first in Chester County.
Although A.J. was still in training, he was a special visitor at area schools. Now he won't have the chance to be the helper he was meant to be.
Sheriff Underwood let A.J. out into his fenced in yard this past Sunday while he and his family attended the Martin Luther King parade.
When Underwood and his family returned, they noticed A.J. acting strangely and foaming at the mouth. Shortly thereafter, A.J. died. He had been poisoned in his own backyard.
Sheriff Underwood said that A.J. was becoming a part of the department team. "Everybody knew him, I mean he was here. He'd be in 911, sometimes he'd be in my office, sometimes he'd be back in narcotics, he was just kind of, he was part of the family here," said Underwood.
Underwood also said that there are suspects and that these acts will not be tolerated. "This is a criminal act, and anybody breaking the law in Chester, they better realize one thing definite, its going to stop, because we are going to put them in jail," said Underwood.