Deputy Preston Slagle of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department reported he was routine patrol in Roan Mountain at 11:45 a.m. Saturday when he noticed several Avery County patrol cars parked on the side of the road. He stopped to see if assistance was needed and was told about a dog attack about an hour earlier.
The Avery county officers reported that one of their deputies, Brett Stockton, is a Roan Mountain resident, and he had his assigned police dog, Gunner, training outside. While the training was going on, Stockton said, Gunner was attacked by a stray dog he had not seen around the area before. He said the stray dog was a silver pit bull mix.
Stockton rushed his dog to the Roan Mountain Animal Hospital, where the dog succumbed to his injuries.
Deputy Slagle spoke with veterinarian Pamela Jablonski at the animal hospital and reported that she told him the police dog had massive head and chest trauma and also had an injury to a back leg.
Slagle went through the neighborhood, but none of the residents said they had seen a dog matching the description of the stray dog.