Two Thomasville (N.C.) Police officers have been "counseled" by their superiors after they improperly euthanized a wounded dog, which had been shot by one of the officers after it charged him.

Officer Lee Patton shot the dog, a pit bull, in its jaw and right shoulder on Nov. 26, after the animal charged him. The officer then took the pit bull back to the Davidson County Animal Shelter in Lexington and used the shelter's gas chamber to put the animal down.

The two officers, who are not certified euthanasia technicians, were not allowed to under state law to put the animal to death, reports MyFox8.

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