PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - Plettenberg Bay police are investigating an assault case after a local man allegedly set a dog on a police officer during a drug bust in New Horizons recently.
Police however shot and killed the dog in what was described as an act to "contain the situation".
Police spokesperson Sergeant Chris Spies said the incident related to police conducting a crime-prevention operation at a house in Freedom Street, New Horizons, just after 16:00 on 5 November.
"Upon searching the premises the members found small quantities of Mandrax as well as dagga and subsequently arrested a 19-year-old suspect on a charge of possession drugs," Spies said.
He said information available suggests that while leaving the house, a man threatened the officers and "incited a dog to attack a member".
"They responded to contain the situation," Spies said.
The police opened a case of assault with the intent to commit grievous bodily harm, malicious damage to property and obstructing the course of justice. "Investigation into this case is still ongoing and the suspect in this matter is yet to be arrested."
Social media has however been abuzz about the shooting of the dog, with some suggesting that the incident was uncalled for.
Spies said drug abuse remains one of the major contributors to serious and violent crimes. "Similar operations will be conducted in an effort to rid communities of drugs," he warned.
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