Homeless couple: Man shot their dog in Sumter park

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SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Police say no charges will be filed against a man who shot a dog in a Sumter park.

Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said the dog wasn't on a leash and the man felt threatened when it charged at him growling around 2 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Park.

Roark says the man had a concealed weapon permit and shot the dog once, reporting the shooting to officers right after it happened. He says Sumter requires dogs to be on leashes outdoors.

A homeless couple who own the dog told The Sumter Item (http://bit.ly/1jZddWO ) that the dog was not growling or charging.

Brady and Nina Lambert say their two dogs helped them deal with the stress of losing her job and being evicted from their home in April.

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Information from: The Sumter Item, http://www.theitem.com

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