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HAMPTON-An officer shot and killed a dog that got free of its tether and charged, Hampton Police said.

It happened around 5:45 a.m. Monday when the officer investigated a complaint of a vicious dog at an apartment complex on W. Pembroke Ave.

According to a news release, the officer saw the dog, a pit bull, tethered to a fence and called Animal Control.When animal control arrived, the canine freed itself from the tether and charged the police officer. Fearing for his safety, the officer fired one shot and killed the dog, said Sgt. Jason Price.

'Preventing incidents like this is exactly one of the reasons that the City enacted the tethering law. Residents are reminded that tethering is illegal in the City of Hampton,' Officer Price told WVEC.com.

Price added that a criminal and an internal investigation will be done, which is standard procedure when an officer fires a weapon,

The dog's owner hasn't been found. If you know anything that can help police find the owner, call the Hampton Police Division at 727-6111 or Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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