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Petition Started After Animal Control Officer Shoots, Kills Lab

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Charles City County, VA—Supporters have created an online petition, calling for the firing of the Animal Control Officer who shot and killed a Labrador last week.

A Charles City County Animal Control Officer killed 18-month-old Labrador Axel, while investigating a complaint made by a neighbor. A woman said that Axel was chasing her 17-year-old son; the officer—an employee of Charles City County for 30 years--responded to the call.

According to the officer's report, the dog chased officials onto a porch and apparently got aggressive-- barking, bouncing on both front legs and ultimately charging at the officer. After the dog lunged at him, the officer pulled out his gun; X-rays show Axel was shot twice in the face and once in the body.

Axel's owner, Sharon McGeein, remains distraught over the death of her beloved pet. "He was part of the family," she told 8News. "I know we only had him year and half, but he was one of my children.  My kids are both grown and my animals are my kids."

Now, supporters and Charles City County residents have started a petition, seeking answers and the officer's removal from his position.

The "We Want Justice For Axel" petition had nearly 600 signatures as of 3:30 PM Monday. A poster on the petition's website recalls an instance of dealing with the same officer accused of killing Axel as "unprofessional and impolite."

Sharon McGeein can't believe that her playful puppy would have been aggressive enough to require deadly force. "We have no proof now, because we cannot show the dog because he is dead. The dog did not get his day in court; the animal court officer was judge and executioner within 20 minutes."

This is a developing story...stay with 8News for updates.

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