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Man accused of threatening CCSO K9 – CCN

By meerna Jul10,2024
Man accused of threatening CCSO K9 – CCN

Gunny (left) and Kenneth Hayes. (CCSO photo)
Gunny (left) and Kenneth Hayes. (CCSO photo)

Developing the story

A sheriff’s tracking dog was not injured when a man allegedly threatened to kill K-9 dog Gunny during a chase Tuesday.

Kenneth Hayes, 64, was released on $1,500 bail on a single charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement animal. His address was listed as 1414 Kenneth Hayes Lane, Chadbourn.

Gunny was sent on a foot chase to assist deputies pursuing another suspect around 6 p.m., sheriff’s office spokeswoman Jenna Jalving said. The original suspect fled into a wooded area.

The police dog and Gunny were directed in the last known direction of the suspect, Jalving said.

“Gunny began tracking through the woods and after a short distance the deputy was near the edge of the woods next to another yard,” Jalving said in an email. “He heard a male say, ‘Keep that f—ing dog out of my yard.’”

A sheriff’s deputy informed the man, later identified as Kenneth Hayes, that under the law officers had the right to track him around the yard if the dog could find a scent.

“The man then said, ‘I don’t care who y’all are,’ and started walking away,” Jalving said. Hayes allegedly stopped, looked at the deputy, then said, ‘I’m going to blow this dog’s head off,’ and started walking toward a building on the property.”

The dog handler, Gunny and the second deputy hid behind trees, Jalving said.

“Due to the events that occurred and the need to prevent police dog K9 Gunny from following the suspect, the tracking was delayed, preventing the arrest of the original suspect,” she said.

Hayes was stopped by a sergeant and later arrested.

The name of the original suspect being pursued was not initially known.

By meerna

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