BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ) Bedford County dispatchers received a report that a man had shot a dog in front of children at Oak Park Drive in Goodview on July 19 at around 8:30 p.m.
While Bedford County Sheriff's deputies were responding, dispatch received another call from 60-year-old Fred Dooley reporting that a neighbor's dog had bitten his grandson and requested an ambulance.
Police say they arrived at the scene and observed injuries of a dog bite on the child's leg. The child was then transported to the hospital by ambulance, but conditions of the injury are unknown at this time.
Dooley told police that after the dog had attacked his grandson he retrieved his handgun from inside his home, walked down the road to locate the dog and shot it twice. Witnesses say that there were several children playing in the area when Dooley shot the dog.
Police say they arrested Dooley and charged him with Reckless Handling of a Firearm. He was then transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and was released on bond.
Bedford County Sheriff's Animal Control deputies are following up with the dog's owner.