10/28/09 — Dog pack pins buck outside of courthouse

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Dog pack pins buck outside of courthouse

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on October 28, 2009 1:46 PM

A buck being chased by a pack of stray dogs caused trouble at the Wayne County Courthouse this morning, law enforcement officials say.

Blood splatter on the court- house atrium doors was the first thing some early visitors saw this morning, authorities said.

In the early morning hours, a pack of dogs had been chasing the male deer through the streets of Goldsboro, Sheriff Carey Winders said.

The dogs finally pinned the deer just outside the courthouse atrium doors facing John Street, where the buck was crippled by attacking dogs, Winders said.

Deputies arrived to find the male deer badly injured, and had to shoot the animal with a service revolver.

Because it was so near the courthouse doors, the buck's blood splattered against the entranceway when the deer was shot, authorities said.

The sheriff said Animal Control officers with the Goldsboro Police Department responded early this morning to get the deer's corpse.

Courthouse workers cleaned up the mess.

Winders said he did not know if the dogs chasing the deer had owners or were a pack of strays.

"We don't know if they (the dogs) had owners," Winders said. "They were just dogs running loose in the city."