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By DAMON LAWRENCE
A Roane County sheriff’s deputy shot two pitbulls Saturday on Keylon Drive in the Midtown area.
According to a sheriff’s office offense report, animal control officer Josh Strickland requested backup after two pitbulls chased him to his truck.
Deputy John Mayes was one of the officers who showed up to help.
“Two dogs ran out from 108 Keylon Drive to the roadway and charged at Deputy Mayes and Officer Strickland in an aggressive manner,” the report states. “Deputy Mayes fired three shots at the two dogs, striking both.”
“He had to shoot them to keep them from attacking us,” Strickland said.
Strickland said one of the dogs was hit in the chest and the other was hit in the side of the head.
The owner of the dogs was identified as Isaiah D. Elmore.
The report said he showed just before everyone left the scene.
“Mr. Isaiah D. Elmore stated that he put the two dogs in the backyard of 108 Keylon Drive to breed,” the report said.
Strickland said he allowed Elmore to take custody of the dogs, which were still alive.
“I told him if he wanted to take his dogs to a vet to try and save their lives, he could,” Strickland said.
Strickland said he was informed by the vet on Monday that the dogs survived.
Strickland said no further action was planned.