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Deputy Attacked By Dog While On Duty
The Chatham County Sheriff's Office has announced the identity of the deputy who was attacked earlier today by a 150-pound canine. Deputy Ashley Ellington is assigned to the Civil Unit of the Sheriff's Office and was attempting to serve child support papers at a residence off of Sandy Branch Church Road, Bear Creek, when she was attacked from behind by what appeared to be a Great Dane mix.Return to full list >>
In an attempt to defend herself from the attack, Deputy Ellington discharged her firearm and fatally wounded the animal. She was then able to escape and call for help. Members of the Chatham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services, and First Health responded to provide assistance and evaluate the scene. Deputy Ellington received medical care for her injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
The incident is currently under investigation and the dog will undergo testing to determine whether it was infected with any communicable diseases.
"We are relieved that Deputy Ellington is now healing and did not suffer life-threatening injuries," says Sheriff Mike Roberson. "She acted quickly to defend herself during the attack, and although we are saddened by the death of any animal, especially a pet, we rejoice in the safety of one of our most selfless and dedicated employees. We stand by her decision to protect herself during a dangerous situation and wish her a speedy recovery."
Deputy Ashley Ellington
(photo taken during a 2016 community outreach event)