Missouri city's police chief resigns after shooting dog

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Posted: Dec 10, 2015 2:07 PM

SPARTA, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri police chief has resigned after killing a caged pit bull so he could respond to a car crash.

Sparta Mayor Mike Younker says Police Chief Andrew Spencer submitted his resignation. The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/1Q3wFRB ) that Spencer was placed on administrative leave in late November.

Spencer placed a police report on Facebook and later took it down, though it was verified by the city attorney.

It said a resident told Spencer that the dog was roaming the streets and feared the animal would hurt children. Pit bulls are prohibited in Sparta.

The report says Spencer caught the dog, but was unable to find a shelter that would take it.

The report says Spencer was dispatched to a crash and killed the dog at the department's shooting range.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com