Pine Bluff police have confirmed that they are conducting an investigation into the death of a dog reportedly killed by a police officer early Wednesday morning.

Pine Bluff police have confirmed that they are conducting an investigation into the death of a dog reportedly killed by a police officer early Wednesday morning.

Lt. JoAnn Bates, who is in charge of the department’s Office of Professional Standards, said Thursday the investigation will focus on whether department policies were followed in the incident.

According to a report from Officer Brandon Greene, he was patrolling in the area of Dollarway Road and Tupelo Street at approximately 1:17 a.m., when a small black dog ran in front of his police unit. Greene said he got out to check the damage to his unit, and to check on the dog, then contacted Sgt. Edna Butler who came to the scene.

Butler reported that Crime Scene Technician Kim Phillips took photographs of the scene, and per department policy, Greene was taken to the main police station for a breathalyzer test.

The report said “the dog was laying in the street and appeared to be suffering, At the request of Officer Muniz, he assisted in helping the dog to be relieved of its pain and suffering.

“Officer Muniz also pulled the dog out of the roadway,” Butler said in the report. “All that was mentioned was done in my presence.”

Because of the on-going investigation, Bates, who is also a department spokesman, declined to comment further on the incident.

Greene reported that he contacted Pine Bluff Animal Control after the accident and according to the report from Butler, when Greene was asked if Animal Control had picked up the dog, Greene reportedly said that it “was taken care of.”

An attempt to reach Animal Control Director Brandon Southerland Thursday afternoon was unsuccessful.