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Brookneal police K9 recovering after pit bull attack

A Brookneal police dog is recovering at home from injuries he received, and a pit bull is dead after a Brookneal police officer shot the dog while trying to control a large fight Saturday in Brookneal.

According to Brookneal Police Officer Scott Earhart, he and canine Ice were attempting to disperse a large crowd of people yelling and making threatening gestures near the intersection of Willow Lane and Southeast Street, when a fight broke out.

Charged with assault and battery were Quamaine Whitlow of Newport News and Eric Black of Brookneal.

Earhart said Whitlow attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by the police dog. While the officer was taking Whitlow into custody, Earhart alleged another altercation took place across the street involving Black and Edward Whitlow of Newport News.

The officer said as he was attempting to arrest Black, a pit bull was released into the crowd attacking Ice in the back and side.

Earhart said he was able to get the pit bull off canine Ice, but when it attacked again, he shot and killed the pit bull.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell County Animal Control, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police all responded to assist, Earhart said. 

Due to the injuries Ice received, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office took custody of the suspects and charged Jennifer Dawn Carwile, owner of the pit bull, with felony assault on a police officer and felony assault on a police dog.

Ice was transported to Corbin Vets Office in Charlotte Court House for treatment of his injuries, Earhart said.

The police dog is recovering at home from cuts and bruises on his back side and barring any complications should return to full-duty by the end of the week, he added.