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James City County cop shoots dog while serving paperwork

(WYDaily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(WYDaily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

A James City County Police officer shot a dog after the animal bit the officer’s wrist and came back aggressively showing its teeth, authorities said.

It happened Wednesday at around 8:48 a.m while officers were serving paperwork on behalf of York County to a resident on Judy Drive, said Stephanie Williams, spokeswoman for James City County Police.

Williams said the officers were knocking on the door when a dog crawled from underneath the trailer and lunged toward one of the officers, biting the officer’s right wrist.

The officer tried to calm the dog down and the dog started walking away but came back toward the officer in “an aggressive manner while showing its teeth,” Williams said.

The officer then shot the dog.

It remains unclear where Animal Control took the dog — it has since died.

The officer went to the hospital and was treated for his dog bite. He has since been released.

Williams did not know what type of dog bit the officer, what paperwork the officers were serving on Judy Drive and whether the dog belonged to someone.

She said the incident remains under investigation.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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