On Saturday night October 22, 2022, at approximately 5:41 p.m., the Keyport Police Department received an emergency call for an aggressive animal cornering a female and her dog in the vicinity of the 40 block of Pine Street. Upon arrival, officers encountered the animal in a parking lot area. The dog swiftly turned and charged towards the responding officers. At that point, one of the officers fired his service weapon, striking the animal in the shoulder. The dog retreated into a garage near the incident. Authorities from the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA) arrived on scene and subdued the animal and took the dog for treatment. The dog is currently in stable condition.
Under the guidelines of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Use of Force Directive, the incident is being investigated by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Responsible Unit.