FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A supervisor with the Flagstaff Police Department was placed on administrative leave after a loose dog was struck by an officer’s patrol car and eventually euthanized.
According to the Arizona Daily Sun, the officer called his supervisor, Cpl. John Tewes, early last Sunday morning after the dog ran in front of his car on East Sixth Avenue in Sunnyside.
When Tewes arrived on scene, it was determined that the dog had sustained serious injuries, and would need to be euthanized.
Police officials have not said how the dog died, but they did confirm that no bullets were fired.
On Monday, Tewes was placed on leave and an internal investigation was launched by police.
A criminal investigation has also been handed over to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.
Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil told the Arizona Daily Sun that the investigation will likely revolve around potential animal abuse charges.
The officer who struck the dog is not under investigation and remains on active duty. Police officials said it wasn’t his fault he struck the dog.
The owner of the dog has not been identified, but police did impound the dog’s collar as evidence.