Dog owner accused of assaulting animal control officer

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A dog owner is accused of assaulting an animal control officer in Lexington who was checking on the welfare of the man’s dog, according to Lexington Fayette Animal Care & Control.

Investigators say an animal control officer went to an apartment on West Short Street Wednesday, December 20, 2017, to check on a small dog that was possibly being abused.

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Authorities say the officer made contact with the dog’s owner, Shaun Pfeiffer, and asked to see the dog.  After refusing multiple times, Pfeiffer questioned the officer’s identity and while reaching down to get his credentials, Pfeiffer pushed the animal control officer and slammed the door, according to investigators.

The officer suffered a minor injury to the top of his head, but didn’t need further treatment, according to authorities.

Lexington Police were called-in to assist, but Pfeiffer refused to comply with either department, according to investigators.



The next day, with help from Lexington Police, a warrant was executed at the property to further investigate the original complaint.  Investigators say Pfeiffer was arrested on assault charges on a government law enforcement officer.

The dog at the center of the investigation was removed to be evaluated by Lexington Fayette Animal Care & Control.