Blackwater Guard Kills NY Times Dog

Pooch attacked bomb-sniffing K-9, says security firm
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2007 4:35 AM CST
Blackwater USA founder Erik Prince testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Oct. 2, 2007 file photo. Reuters reports the Blackwater bodyguards' latest victim...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Another fatal shooting by a Blackwater guard in Baghdad is under investigation by the US embassy. The victim this time is a dog kept by the staff of the New York Times, reports Reuters. The guard shot the dog, Hentish, last week before a visit by a diplomat to the Times compound. The private security company claims the pet attacked a bomb-sniffing dog.

"The handler made several unsuccessful attempts to get the dog to retreat," said a Blackwater spokeswoman. "The handler, unfortunately, was forced to use a pistol to protect the company's K-9." State Department officials are treating the incident "very seriously," said one correspondent. Blackwater guards are the subject of a major investigation for killing 17 civilians in Baghdad in September, which has been covered extensively in the Times.